Headteachers plan own school league tables

Headteachers are to publish their own independent exam school league tables, bypassing any political involvement.

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Govt 'takes steps' to make league tables 'clearer'

Government league tables are only published after robust checks, a Department for Education spokesman said, after it was announced that headteachers would release an alternative version.

We agree that information about school performance should be freely available to parents. That's why we have taken steps to make our league tables clearer and, in addition to our data, all schools must publish extensive information on their website - including pupil progress.

Our tables are only published after robust checks so parents know the information we are giving them is accurate.

– Department for Education

Govt school tables 'too crude at defining success'

Performance in schools has become a way for successive governments to attempt to influence the decisions that headteachers make about running their schools, the chief executive of United Learning said, after it was announced that headteachers would publish their own league tables.

This is too crude an approach to defining a great school or encouraging improvement and at different times, it has been detrimental in different ways.

What parents want to know and what heads want to offer is much greater than the predominant focus on any single measure would suggest. Exam data is of course a key element of this, but it's not the only one that parents are interested in and it's not the only one that defines how well a school is doing.

– Jon Coles, chief executive of United Learning

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Headteachers to offer 'alternative league tables'

Headteachers are to publish their own alternative league tables which they say will give parents more information about schools than data published by the Government.

The rival rankings, which will focus on secondary schools to begin with, are expected to cover GCSE results as well as details on extra-curricular activities such as music and sport, the curriculum and other measures like class sizes and subjects.

Head teachers plan own league tables Credit: PA

School leaders said they believe that the new tables will become the established, independent way of publishing data that bypasses politicians and government.

The proposals have been drawn up by two unions - the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), along with independent school and academy group United Learning and PiXL, which works with schools to raise standards.

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