Haslingden headteacher hits out at state school critics

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A HEADTEACHER used his school awards’ evening to defend the achievements of state schools in an ever more difficult education environment.

Headteacher of Haslingden High School Mark Jackson praised the superb achievements of students at his own school but he also said: “The negative portrayal of state schools in the press, often directly from Department for Education and Ofsted, is particularly frustrating and often unfair. But the current Ofsted system is based on national averages, and schools judged to be good or better generally need their students to achieve above average.

“Sadly, not everyone can be above average.”

Announcing that it had been a ‘difficult year for education’, he said there had been huge change on an unprecedented level and pace, with headteachers feeling there was little consultation.

Of the Class of 2013, he said: “Tonight is about celebrating the achievements of our Year 11 leavers who gained some truly outstanding examination results.

“We are proud of the fantastic examination results you achieved last year — 96 per cent got five or more A*-C grades and 76 per cent achieved that benchmark figure, including English and Maths.

“The national average is 58 per cent, and 49 per cent of you achieved at least 3A/A* grades — more than double the national average.”

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11:47am Tue 31 Dec 13

Rogi says...

I would be very worried if Haslingden High School were unable to attain higher than the national average, since they take their GCSEs over three years, not two. Those friends and acquaintances connected with the school tell me that a large problem for the staff is maintaining the pupils' interest in courses designed to be completed in only two years.
I would be very worried if Haslingden High School were unable to attain higher than the national average, since they take their GCSEs over three years, not two. Those friends and acquaintances connected with the school tell me that a large problem for the staff is maintaining the pupils' interest in courses designed to be completed in only two years. Rogi

12:46pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Box Pool says...

Well he can kiss goodbye to his honour from little Govey, but glad to see someone is sticking up for schools that aren't "free" (ie paid for through the nose by taxpayers like me) or academies.
Well he can kiss goodbye to his honour from little Govey, but glad to see someone is sticking up for schools that aren't "free" (ie paid for through the nose by taxpayers like me) or academies. Box Pool

4:39pm Tue 31 Dec 13

pdb951 says...

Well well he would defend them wouldn't he
Well well he would defend them wouldn't he pdb951

10:39am Tue 7 Jan 14

Interlocutor says...

pdb951 wrote:
Well well he would defend them wouldn't he
If he didn't believe in the state school system he could readily apply for academy status - the Gove-ernment would bite his hand off. So he probably means what he says.
[quote][p][bold]pdb951[/bold] wrote: Well well he would defend them wouldn't he[/p][/quote]If he didn't believe in the state school system he could readily apply for academy status - the Gove-ernment would bite his hand off. So he probably means what he says. Interlocutor

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