There is more to teaching than just helping pupils to achieve good grades, a professional has said.
The Guardian's 'Secret Teacher', who works at a secondary school in the north of England, believes that students can suffer when those in education jobs become obsessed with performance targets.
"I believe that the role of every teacher is to be a guide and a role model to the next generation," the Secret Teacher said.
"[The pressure of targets] should not mean that a student's worth is purely based on the level or grade they achieve."
The Secret Teacher says that some pupils are simply not cut out to achieve A grades and should be recognised for their other attributes, such as compassion, kindness and hard work.
"A good education should be one in which a student is able to flourish both academically and emotionally," the Secret Teacher added.
From this September, all schools inspected by Ofsted must meet a minimum standard of 'good'.
Posted by Tim Colman