Heads’ unions are teaming up with academies to develop new league tables that will include information about class sizes and sport, as well as GCSE results.
Although headteachers’ unions have opposed league tables since they were introduced about twenty years ago, a coalition led by ASCL and NAHT are planning to publish alternative rankings, the BBC reports.
The new tables are a backlash against Coalition reforms this year, meaning performance will be measured only by a pupil’s first attempt at GCSE, to clamp down on early entries and repeated resits.
The reformed tables will cover all GCSE attempts, extra-curricular activities, sport and other measures such as class sizes. They will be published in the autumn, ahead of the government’s own league tables, and initially cover more than 3,000 state secondary schools.
ASCL’s Brian Lightman said: “The current performance tables tell part of a story about schools’ and students’ achievements, but they do not tell the whole story. That is why we are pleased to be involved in helping to create these alternate performance tables that give a fuller picture of achievement.”
However professor Alan Smithers from Birmingham University dismissed the development: “You can understand why schools will be tempted to publish alternative league tables, but the sad fact is that they are likely to be forgotten quite quickly because they don’t have any direct consequences for schools. The impression parents have of schools will always be determined by the official tables.”