2010 Primary School League Tables
December 16, 2010
The 2010 Key Stage 2 league tables for schools in England came out on Tuesday this week (December 14). Schooloscope uses scores from these tables to talk about exam results for primary schools.
The data we currently use is a year old, from 2009. We’ve decided to not use the 2010 figures yet.
This year, following industrial action led by the National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Headteachers, around one in four primary schools in the UK boycotted the SATs sat by pupils at the end of Key Stage 2. So the 2010 tables don’t report exam results for these schools.
The boycott varies by region. There are 13 local authorities (out of 152) where every school participated in the boycott. Other local authorities have far more complete data.
This all means that we don’t have enough information to make judgments for around 4,000 primary schools based on their latest data. (There are nearly 15,000 in England).
Were we to update Schooloscope right now with the latest data, a lot of schools on the site would “disappear” – becoming grey dots on the map, their pages now disabled.
That doesn’t feel like the right thing to do.
We’d like to find a way to compare like with like, and we’d like to be able to recognise schools that participated in the boycott without removing them from the site. As a result, it’s going to take longer than we’d like to incorporate the 2010 primary school data into the site in a fair and appropriate way – but we hope you can understand why.