Everything these days is rated and ranked and given a score. But does the score always reflect the true picture of performance especially when it is taken as an average with many factors involved.
Last week the League Table scores for my kids primary school were released, and I had previously believed that their school was one with a high rating and a good standing in Ripon. But looking at the league tables their school is one of the worst performers in the city. That’s not great!
But when I have looked into the league tables and then checked the level that my kids are working at, I am not too concerned as they are both above the averages. As I mentioned last week I have already arranged for a private tutor to come and spend an hour a week with my eldest son to help boost his literacy skills, but on the whole he is in the top set in his class for most things. The main thing for Miles is to regain some confidence and to understand how to do good comprehension for when it comes to the 11+ exams. My youngest son seems to do very well at everything, but as he moves up the school the work becomes harder and more challenging.
So do the league tables give any indication how well an individual child will perform? I can only hope that the kids will progress from their primary school with enough skills to do well at secondary school, but I just need to keep an eye on the situation and maybe push them that bit harder. Changing schools may be an option but I always think that when you move school that it can be really disruptive.