ATL comment on secondary school performance tables

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Press release
19 January 2017 by ATL Media Office
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “Parents and schools should treat these performance measures with caution. The Attainment 8, Progress 8 and EBacc headline measures only paint part of the picture of how schools are performing.

"For years GCSE grades have been predicted on the basis of the SATs English and maths tests, despite this applying across all subjects, for example in Art, History, Geography and MFL. These same data are now being used for the Progress 8 measure. The SATs have been problematic for some years and are not a reliable source on which to base judgements on the performance of secondary schools.

“And while the Government’s focus remains on school performance, how are these measures affecting individual students and their learning?”

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