13:20 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Parents told to ignore 'irrelevant' league table ranking

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

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INTERNATIONAL school league tables comparing children from across the globe provide an unfair reflection of the ability of pupils in the region, a top head teacher has said.

League tables comparing the performances of 15-year-olds have been published, with England failing to make the top 20, with the best performing countries coming from the Far East.

But Steve Allen, head teacher at Burton’s biggest school, The de Ferrers Academy, believes parents should pay little attention to the results of the exams which have made national headlines.

He labelled the exams as ‘irrelevant’.

He told the Mail: “My concern is that internationally there is a lot more focus on these tests.

“In places like Korea and elsewhere in the Far East pupils spend a huge amount of time preparing for these exams. But my view is that we have to totally focus on getting the best possible grades in GCSEs.

“I wouldn’t want children to focus completely on exams that aren’t relevant and aren’t accredited qualifications.”

Mr Allen said that an increased focus in certain parts of the world did not make for a level playing field.

Teaching union NASUWT also dismissed the importance of the rankings, saying they weren’t ‘the be all and end all’.

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