Parents’ fury after school publishes ranking of pupils by performance in reception for all to see

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’…

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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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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The fact that 12 people opted out would suggest that more ought to read the letters that are sent home…

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Parents given option to have their children removed from the list but didn’t take that up; now moaning… Read the letters?

  3. Assessment results should be used by teachers to identify struggling students.  The results can be usefully given to parents as information.
    Giving students test results almost always has a negative effect.
    Publishing them is as idiotic as school league tables.

  4. Assessment results should be used by teachers to identify struggling students.  The results can be usefully given to parents as information.
    Giving students test results almost always has a negative effect.
    Publishing them is as idiotic as school league tables.

  5. Assessment results should be used by teachers to identify struggling students.  The results can be usefully given to parents as information.
    Giving students test results almost always has a negative effect.
    Publishing them is as idiotic as school league tables.

  6. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove is this another Pi(?) school (can’t remember name of the org linked to the last one! Didn’t they guest blog?)

  7. SchoolsImprove

    Nor_edu andylutwyche Your thinking PiXL Club whereas the one that has done guest posts on the site is PET-Xi – not related

  8. TW

    Parents may have been given a choice but some schools are adept at making a ‘choice’ seem like a requirement.

    As an academy the school may have no concern other than its position in league tables and the parents could do nothing about it.

  9. AThraves

    SchoolsImprove Might we see same story come later this year but about results gained AT Reception stage due to the new Baseline assessment?

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