The Mail is reporting that parents have hit out at their children’s school after what they call a ‘bullies’ charter’ league table which ranks pupils by performance was hung up in the reception area for all to see…
Pupils at Nova Hreod Academy in Swindon, Wiltshire, are ranked by their grades, whether they are wearing the correct uniform and whether they have had to re-take important exams in the chart which has been placed in the school’s atrium.
Staff hope the ‘initiative’ will help drive improvement, but parents have likened the list to a ‘bullies charter’ and are concerned it will make children feel ‘inadequate’ and provide ammunition for playground taunts…
A Nova Hreod spokesman said that all parents were informed in writing about the display when it was first installed last year.
The school added that parents had been given the option to have their child’s name removed but fewer than a dozen of the school’s 800 pupils requested this option.
Staff claim the new system will work to improve standards at the school and every measure is in place to ‘support the most vulnerable’…
This is the second story of this kind we’ve had recently – where do you stand on the principles involved?
Do you buy the idea that this could encourage bullying or are the parents being a bit precious here?
Conversely, do you feel such an approach will result in an improvement in performance?
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