23 Sep '14

News Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents

Why Sats aren't everything, the head should act like you're shopping for yacht and a squeaky clean art studio is a big worryWhat makes a great primary? Let's deal with this one straight away it isn't what Ofsted says. All the inspectorate has cared about in the past few years is data progression in maths and literacy. Simply put, children have become numbers in these subjects, and if the school's numbers don't reach a certain total, then it automatically "requires improvement", regardless of whether it is a happy school with an enriching wider curriculum. So if your prospective school is proudly displaying that "We Are Outstanding" banner on its perimeter fence, well, that is wonderful but do bear in mind that in all likelihood it has been awarded for results in those two subjects, rather than for its delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which brings out the best in every child. Which is, of course, what makes a great primary school. So "outstanding" schools aren't the only outstanding schools, if you ask most teachers.But what about Sats? Continue reading...

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