School league tables raise pupils’ stress but fail to reduce attainment gaps

The Guardian is reporting NUT-commissioned research that suggests school accountability measures fail to reduce gaps in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers…

The preliminary results of the research by academics at London Metropolitan university also found that successive waves of policy around testing and inspection had narrowed the range of subjects available to less academically-able students.

“Despite the government focus on reducing gaps, including pupil premium payments, the attainment gap at GCSE level between pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are not has remained at about 27 percentage points throughout the last decade,” the researchers found.

“There is no evidence that holding schools accountable will reduce attainment gaps, particularly in a context in which the economic gap between the richest and the poorest in society is increasing…”

More at: School league tables raise pupils’ stress but fail to reduce attainment gaps

 

See also on the stress side of this research: Pupils have Sats test panic attacks, says NUT study

 

Unfortunately there’s no obvious sign of this research on the NUT website or anywhere else I can find. If you have a link please share in the comments below.

The report here claims a failure to close the gap, but just two days ago we had the fact check from two professors in the Conversation pointing out that while the gap had not reduced at GCSE (as highlighted here), it has reduced at KS2. Perhaps there is a bit of cherry-picking going on here to fit an agenda?

Your thoughts and reactions to the claims being made?

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove League tables in education are & always will be divisive & offer nothing of use educationally. They should be abolished

  2. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove The educational attainment gap is the middle class’s meal ticket and will last until the end of time. #GetReal

  3. League tables tell us nothing about the quality of education in a school – only how good it is at getting children through tests.  They add to stress on pupils, parents and teachers.

  4. League tables tell us nothing about the quality of education in a school – only how good it is at getting children through tests.  They add to stress on pupils, parents and teachers.

  5. League tables tell us nothing about the quality of education in a school – only how good it is at getting children through tests.  They add to stress on pupils, parents and teachers.

  6. CAMACHELL

    SchoolsImprove yes, league tables also put stress on HTs who pass this onto teachers who pass onto students & round it goes again #edchat

  7. ApexEducate

    SchoolsImprove the sooner we have a system that focuses on quality of learning as opposed to results the better # learning

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