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NASUWT comments on the secondary school performance league tables

Commenting on the publication of the secondary school achievement and attainment tables by the Department for Education (DfE) today, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Predictably, the publication of the tables has provided yet another opportunity for another round of denigration of schools and teachers by the Government.

“Despite what this Government would have the public believe, educational standards have been rising consistently for over a decade.

"Today's figures show that even on the basis of the Government's flawed measures, the overwhelming majority of schools are securing the highest levels of attainment for the young people they teach. They should all be congratulated.

“No one is complacent. Everyone recognises that there is more to be done to ensure that the best is being achieved for every child, but the Government's approach of manufacturing deficiencies to seek to justify its flawed education policies, rather than celebrating success is counter productive and divisive.
“Schools and staff need support and resources, not constant denigration.

“Performance tables do not help to raise standards. They distort and narrow the curriculum offer. They do not reflect the hard work of young people and teachers or the enormous progress being achieved day in and day out by schools.”


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