Principals against league tables

Last updated 09:49 25/09/2012

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I am writing, on behalf of the Stokes Valley/Taita principals, to express concern about the introduction of league tables in our community.

League tables do nothing to promote teaching and learning and may cause unnecessary harm and concern. Schools are only beginning to build a framework to collect data so that each child can be "measured" against the National Standard. Given that each school does this slightly differently it would be impossible to translate this data into a table that will give a true picture of what is happening for our children.

League tables will only give a snapshot in time of where children are achieving in numeracy and literacy. Our goal as educators is to educate the whole person.

What importance are we placing on the sciences, the arts and the development of confident, articulate young people who are socially and environmentally responsible?

We are strongly opposed to the publishing of league tables and believe that they will do nothing to improve the quality of our already world- leading education system.

Linda Birch, Principal, St Michael's School, on behalf of Barbara Hay (Koraunui), Chris Worsley (Pomare), Mike Fackney (Taita Central), Ian Hastie (Avalon Inter.), Matt Skilton (Tawhai), Jo Buckley (St Bernadette's), John Murdoch (Taita College).

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