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Feb 1, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends I was asked by Karen Darley at the Gazette and Herald for a comment about the recently published school performance tables.   I wrote quite a bit and, understandably, only a small section made into the article as Karen had to squeeze in comments from all four local secondary schools.   Seems a...

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Jan 18, 2019

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents and Carers Immunisations Please make sure you sign up at  www.hdft.nhs.uk/immsconsent in order that your son or daughter can have these very important immunisations. : HPV vaccinations to girls in year 8 Men ACWY vaccination for all children in year 9 DTP vaccination for all children in year 9 MMR vaccinations for any child aged 5-19 The Childhood immunisation team come...

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Dec 4, 2018

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends With over 500 e-mails and letters making a strong case for its retention, Lady Lumley’s has decided to keep Christmas in 2018. Students have been made aware of this in tutor time today (Tuesday) through a common presentation explaining where we have been, why, and where we are going. The Christmas...

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Nov 21, 2018

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends In assemblies this week, Mrs Paul, one of our teachers of RE, spoke about Christmas and whether the message of Christmas has been lost and buried under an avalanche of commercialisation.  Christmas is a day celebrating the birth of Jesus and should be a time of good will to all, yet...

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Oct 17, 2018

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends SEND – Consultation on changes to the High Needs Budget: 5th Oct - 11th Nov 2018 North Yorkshire County Council is currently consulting on three specific proposals for change to the High Needs Budget.  This could affect children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), children who are permanently excluded or at...

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Oct 12, 2018

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends There was a really interesting interview with Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted on Radio 5 on Thursday morning. Ms Spielman spoke about too many schools, ‘teaching to the test’ and narrowing their curriculum in order that the students, and hence the school, achieved the right grades to make the...

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Aug 23, 2018

Posted by:rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends Good GCSE results to add to the very pleasing A level results last week – so a very good summer for the students and the school. School opens for Year 13 students on Tuesday 4th September from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for enrolment into Year 13. All new Year 12 students...

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Feb 1, 2019

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Posted by: rbramley

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends

I was asked by Karen Darley at the Gazette and Herald for a comment about the recently published school performance tables.   I wrote quite a bit and, understandably, only a small section made into the article as Karen had to squeeze in comments from all four local secondary schools.   Seems a shame to waste it so here is the full piece I wrote.

 

I don’t like performance tables, even when we do well in them.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have performance tables for families? Would they measure the educational attainment  of your children as the most important factor in deciding whether you were a good or outstanding parent, or whether you ‘required improvement’ or even ‘special measures’?  Would your efforts be measured by how happy your children were, how well-rounded, how nice to other people, how helpful, caring or empathic to others? How resilient they were or their likely earning potential?   Bringing up children is too complicated to be measured by a few numbers and educating children in schools is the same.  The human mind is far better at making judgments  than a series of statistics, which are pretty much based solely on a few hours of examinations at the end of 11 years of education.  You only have to visit the schools in this area to know we have four good secondary schools, all working hard to give their students (your children) the best start in life they can.  Yet this job is made harder as schools search for better and better ‘performance’ as measured by GCSE exam examinations.  And this search can distort what we are actually trying to do.  Schools are suckered into narrowing the curriculum to concentrate on the ‘important’ subjects (these which score most in the performance tables), restricting student choice about which subjects they study,  focussing on getting examination answers correct rather than developing a love of learning.   There is a small glimmer of hope.  The new chief HMI, Amanda Spielman, has recognised the negative effect of performance indicators have and has changed the Ofsted Inspection to pay more attention to the quality of the education students receive and less to the examination results they get, which has always been the philosophy of Lady Lumley’s school.   Educating young people, like bringing up our own children, cannot be reduced to numbers and charts and by doing so we risk damaging that most important group of people, our children.

Richard Bramley   

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