ASCL comment on school performance tables decision

19/07/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s decisions over school performance tables in 2021/22. 
 
Commenting on the government’s decisions over school performance tables in 2021/22, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“It is absolutely nonsensical to publish secondary school and college performance tables next year given the greatly differing extent to which pupils’ learning has been affected by the pandemic and may well continue to be impacted next academic year. It is impossible to make meaningful comparisons of performance across such a disrupted landscape and publishing data which may be heavily affected by circumstances could damage schools and colleges which have been hit hardest by the effects of Covid.
 
“We are relieved that sanity has at least prevailed in respect of the decision not to publish performance data about primary schools next year, although we have questions about exactly how the information gathered by the government will be used.
 
“However, the artificial distinction used to justify the publication of data for secondary schools and colleges makes no sense whatsoever and is the last thing that they need after battling over the course of an academic year to keep children in school and minimise disruption.
 
“It is yet another decision which suggests a lack of understanding in the corridors of Whitehall about the reality of life on the educational front line.”