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League tables 'should reflect what is happening in schools'

24/01/2012 Joanna
An educational psychologist has called for the introduction of a new way to measure the way schools in the UK perform.

Teresa Bliss, a partner in the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark-UK, stressed that league tables should reflect what is actually happening in schools and there should be more of an attempt to compare schools more comprehensively to determine which establishments are better at helping children.

Ms Bliss welcomed schools minister Nick Gibb's recent comments that school league tables should encourage competitiveness among weaker schools keen to avoid intervention by Ofsted.

Providing teaching jobs to the most capable candidates can also enable schools to perform well in nationwide league tables.

"If the minister is going to explore how well a secondary school educates students who joined as high achievers and will show how well schools improve the chances of pupils who have come from poorer backgrounds, that is also welcome," Ms Bliss commented.

Ofsted recently announced plans to replace the "satisfactory" judgement from school inspection reports with the label "requires improvement".

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