GCSE gallery was 'a misjudgement'

The Oxford Times: Larkmead School headteacher Chris Harris Larkmead School headteacher Chris Harris

PUPILS failing to make the grade have had their names and pictures plastered on the wall of their school canteen.

Larkmead School in Abingdon put up photographs of about 30 Year 11 students who scored Cs and below in January’s mock GCSE exams in a scheme teachers hoped would motivate them to improve.

But it backfired and, after two days, it was removed.

Headteacher Chris Harris admitted the gallery was a misjudgement.

One mum, 38, who did not want to be named, said her 15-year-old daughter had been left humiliated.

She said: “This could be seen as bullying people to get higher grades. The school should be ashamed.

“She was quite upset by it and doesn’t want to go to school.

“She was in two minds about going to sixth form, but she wants to leave now.

“She is no underachiever in my mind – she has achieved a lot in her life.”

The ‘Year 11 Target Board’ was put up on Friday, but taken down on Monday after pupils and parents complained.

The mum added: “It has come down, but the damage could last forever. They have really upset some of the kids.

“They shouldn’t let the children become statistics.”

Headteacher Chris Harris said staff worked hard to help students, but the gallery had been counter-productive.

He said: “It was done out of a desire to support and help them, not a desire to humiliate.”

The head said teachers often gave up their time during lunch and after school to help the 150 pupils in the year group prepare for GCSE exams this summer.

He added: “The decision to take it down was that clearly it was counter-productive. The intention was good, but it was clearly having the opposite impact.”

He said a similar wall chart, with every pupil grouped according to their attendance and without photographs, had led to increased attendance.

Teachers will explain the decision to put the chart up to pupils at an assembly tomorrow.

Melinda Tilley, Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for schools and improvement, said: “I am sure they did it in good faith and I am sorry it has backfired.

“It was probably meant as a wake-up call and somebody has taken it the wrong way.”

David Lever, chairman of governors at Larkmead, said: “The school has an excellent reputation and it is very keen to do the best for all the students and support them.

“Chris is an excellent headteacher and I have total confidence in him.”

Gwain Little, secretary of Oxfordshire National Union of Teachers, said: “It is important when there are children underachieving that we look at supportive ways of tackling it.”

He said there was too much pressure on schools to perform and move up the league tables, adding: “It is unsurprising it sometimes filters down into the school itself.”

Mike Curtis, Oxfordshire branch secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said the motive would have been to encourage the pupils.

But he added: “In most schools we try to celebrate the successes and not highlight the failures.”

Department for Education spokesman Charles Heymann added: “It is an issue for the school to judge what is appropriate.”

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9:08am Thu 8 Mar 12

is-it-really-necessary says...

I see a lawsuit looming in the not too distant future !!
I see a lawsuit looming in the not too distant future !! is-it-really-necessary
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9:16am Thu 8 Mar 12

Arc/Weld says...

That is shocking. I can't believe a headteacher would be so thoughtless. How could he not see this from both perspectives?
That is shocking. I can't believe a headteacher would be so thoughtless. How could he not see this from both perspectives? Arc/Weld
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9:51am Thu 8 Mar 12

museli says...

What a nasty thing to do - not even just their names but their photos like some sort of gallery of shame. Unbelievable that someone with so little common sense or empathy should in such a powerful position.
What a nasty thing to do - not even just their names but their photos like some sort of gallery of shame. Unbelievable that someone with so little common sense or empathy should in such a powerful position. museli
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10:03am Thu 8 Mar 12

davidofabingdon says...

When Ofsted inspect class teaching, and rate a teacher as "satisfactory" or lower, would the head teacher consider plastering a photo of that teacher on the canteen wall to increase their motivation? Of course not. So why is it OK to treat a 15 year old in that manner?

I am the parent of a year 11 pupil who may well have been "named and shamed" in this manner. in year 7 he was predicted "E" grades, now he is predicted "C"s. I am proud of the progress he has made. I know how fragile the confidence and self-esteem of a teenager can be. I am astonished that the head teacher seems to lack this basic insight.

I am so glad my son is not at Larkmead.
When Ofsted inspect class teaching, and rate a teacher as "satisfactory" or lower, would the head teacher consider plastering a photo of that teacher on the canteen wall to increase their motivation? Of course not. So why is it OK to treat a 15 year old in that manner? I am the parent of a year 11 pupil who may well have been "named and shamed" in this manner. in year 7 he was predicted "E" grades, now he is predicted "C"s. I am proud of the progress he has made. I know how fragile the confidence and self-esteem of a teenager can be. I am astonished that the head teacher seems to lack this basic insight. I am so glad my son is not at Larkmead. davidofabingdon
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10:42am Thu 8 Mar 12

orangefoot says...

Why choose to criticise students and not their teachers?

If teachers fail to inspire and encourage their students then it is they who have failed in their duty, not the child who has failed in their efforts.
Why choose to criticise students and not their teachers? If teachers fail to inspire and encourage their students then it is they who have failed in their duty, not the child who has failed in their efforts. orangefoot
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11:29am Thu 8 Mar 12

Gekobelief says...

If that happened in the workplace what would have happened?
If he's made this misjudgement and lack of empathy with children I wonder how he treats his staff?

One of my children had friends at the school and last year he was giving an assembly about CHEESE! and ability to cope with change.

His ability to cope is 'misjudgement' which doesn't reflect much ability does it? Change your style and you may get different results - but if you apply pressure like this you get.... ANGER and FAILURE but that would take someone with correct judgement and empathy to realise.
If that happened in the workplace what would have happened? If he's made this misjudgement and lack of empathy with children I wonder how he treats his staff? One of my children had friends at the school and last year he was giving an assembly about CHEESE! and ability to cope with change. His ability to cope is 'misjudgement' which doesn't reflect much ability does it? Change your style and you may get different results - but if you apply pressure like this you get.... ANGER and FAILURE but that would take someone with correct judgement and empathy to realise. Gekobelief
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11:40am Thu 8 Mar 12

Shaun the Faun says...

I blame the politicians... less and less 'teachers' in schools, more and more 'career educationalists', whose primary focus is on their career - which equates to measurable outcomes to arbitrary standards. This was not a 'misjudgement'; it was a catastrophic mistake which could have long-term effects on individual pupils. Whatever the Chair of Governors has said in public - and he has a role to fulfill - I do hope very strong words have been said behind closed-doors.
I blame the politicians... less and less 'teachers' in schools, more and more 'career educationalists', whose primary focus is on their career - which equates to measurable outcomes to arbitrary standards. This was not a 'misjudgement'; it was a catastrophic mistake which could have long-term effects on individual pupils. Whatever the Chair of Governors has said in public - and he has a role to fulfill - I do hope very strong words have been said behind closed-doors. Shaun the Faun
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11:57am Thu 8 Mar 12

davyboy says...

and when you go to the open days, they make a big thing of their 'anti-bullying' policy!!!! this man is clearly not head teacher material, and should either resign, or be sacked by the LEA. this is already the worst of the 3 main secondary schools in abingdon, and his lack of judgement has just made it worse. children who are not progressing well, should be helped, not vilified in this way. i am glad my son will not be going there in September!!!
and when you go to the open days, they make a big thing of their 'anti-bullying' policy!!!! this man is clearly not head teacher material, and should either resign, or be sacked by the LEA. this is already the worst of the 3 main secondary schools in abingdon, and his lack of judgement has just made it worse. children who are not progressing well, should be helped, not vilified in this way. i am glad my son will not be going there in September!!! davyboy
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2:55pm Thu 8 Mar 12

mumofchildren says...

Whilst I understand that schools are under increasinging pressure to produce results, surely the senior management team at Larkmead should have considered the effect that this measure would have had on students who already struggle with their learning. Melinda Tilleys comments are misjudged as are the actions of this school. Are the failed subject teachers photos also being added to the "wall of shame"
Whilst I understand that schools are under increasinging pressure to produce results, surely the senior management team at Larkmead should have considered the effect that this measure would have had on students who already struggle with their learning. Melinda Tilleys comments are misjudged as are the actions of this school. Are the failed subject teachers photos also being added to the "wall of shame" mumofchildren
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5:30pm Thu 8 Mar 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Sadly, it's broadly similar to the performance tools used in many workplaces, particularly in sales roles.
Sadly, it's broadly similar to the performance tools used in many workplaces, particularly in sales roles. Andrew:Oxford
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6:27pm Thu 8 Mar 12

ALarkmeadStudent says...

I go to Larkmead and I'm in Year 11. Personally I think they should never have done this "naming and shaming" board even though I was not on it myself. The board has done the opposite to what they were aiming for and damaged the school as a whole. What’s even worse is that they were only focusing on English and maths and no other subjects were included, which many students that had been named could be working at A*grades.
I can see that the school (or the teacher in charge of it all (which was not Mr Harris)) was doing what they thought was best, but this could of done this in a much better way which did not invoke humiliation in front of the whole school for the students.
If this did happen to me, it would not cause me to work any harder at these subjects but to shy away from doing the work.
I go to Larkmead and I'm in Year 11. Personally I think they should never have done this "naming and shaming" board even though I was not on it myself. The board has done the opposite to what they were aiming for and damaged the school as a whole. What’s even worse is that they were only focusing on English and maths and no other subjects were included, which many students that had been named could be working at A*grades. I can see that the school (or the teacher in charge of it all (which was not Mr Harris)) was doing what they thought was best, but this could of done this in a much better way which did not invoke humiliation in front of the whole school for the students. If this did happen to me, it would not cause me to work any harder at these subjects but to shy away from doing the work. ALarkmeadStudent
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8:26pm Thu 8 Mar 12

Tinkers says...

I believe the teachers are partly to blame for poor grades.

I went to my daughters School today for her academic review and her Maths teacher graded her 'D'! It turns out that the majority of pupils being taught by this teacher have complained because he is not explaining how to do the work and just getting them to work from their text books. It saddens me that my daughter has missed a year in one of the most important subjects!!
I believe the teachers are partly to blame for poor grades. I went to my daughters School today for her academic review and her Maths teacher graded her 'D'! It turns out that the majority of pupils being taught by this teacher have complained because he is not explaining how to do the work and just getting them to work from their text books. It saddens me that my daughter has missed a year in one of the most important subjects!! Tinkers
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10:38pm Thu 8 Mar 12

XxXTayTayXxX says...

Mark Holland wrote:
A misjudgment if that's what you want to call it i call it a **** right abuse of someones rights. The school committee can apologies all they want Mr Harris is at the top and he should be fired, yes fired extreme you may think but how do you think all these children feel. Thank god my children go to Fitzharris. Something needs to be don't about this its a disgrace how about getting all the teachers involved in this incident, put them in the stocks and get the children and parents to throw rotten tomatoes at them.
I really want t point out that i am a year 11 student at larkmead and some of my friends were put on the wall. None of us were effected in the way that is being said, were only upset that the pictures were up. Also we know that IT WAS NOT Mr Harris!!!!!!! The whole of my year have been trying to trend #weloveyoumrharris on twitter and very few of us have any issues with him as we are not holding him responsable for this. Plus its the rest of the school that are having a go when they dont understand it as they didnt have it explained to them. I fell sorry for people that were hurt by this but it was more about the photos NOT the wall its self.

We do not hold Mr Harris responsable nd i think this comes from the large majority of my year group WE LOVE MR HARRIS!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mark Holland[/bold] wrote: A misjudgment if that's what you want to call it i call it a **** right abuse of someones rights. The school committee can apologies all they want Mr Harris is at the top and he should be fired, yes fired extreme you may think but how do you think all these children feel. Thank god my children go to Fitzharris. Something needs to be don't about this its a disgrace how about getting all the teachers involved in this incident, put them in the stocks and get the children and parents to throw rotten tomatoes at them.[/p][/quote]I really want t point out that i am a year 11 student at larkmead and some of my friends were put on the wall. None of us were effected in the way that is being said, were only upset that the pictures were up. Also we know that IT WAS NOT Mr Harris!!!!!!! The whole of my year have been trying to trend #weloveyoumrharris on twitter and very few of us have any issues with him as we are not holding him responsable for this. Plus its the rest of the school that are having a go when they dont understand it as they didnt have it explained to them. I fell sorry for people that were hurt by this but it was more about the photos NOT the wall its self. We do not hold Mr Harris responsable nd i think this comes from the large majority of my year group WE LOVE MR HARRIS!!!!! XxXTayTayXxX
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4:41pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Feelingsmatter says...

xxxTayTayxxx said, "very few of us have any issues with him as we are not holding him responsable for this." (It's responsible, by the way) and "it was just the photos which were the issue." Am I missing something? As head teacher he is the MOST responsible; he KNEW what was going to happen and endorsed it!


You firstly say that the whole of your year were trying to trend support on Twitter then later the large majority love him. Clearly this isn't true, as pupils in year 11 have complained about the bullying. As an adult I cannot imagine anything so humiliating as seeing my photo on the wall accompanied by my apparent failure! If you had featured on the wall yourself, I doubt you would have been so understanding. In addition it shows a complete lack of understanding about the way 15/16 year old minds work.

I am sure that staff, parents and pupils at Larkmead will continue to blindly support Mr. Harris, but any one with half a brain will see this as it is; a desperate attempt to improve the school's ranking in the exam ratings and a desire to beat other local secondary schools in uptake of places in next year 7. Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children.
xxxTayTayxxx said, "very few of us have any issues with him as we are not holding him responsable for this." (It's responsible, by the way) and "it was just the photos which were the issue." Am I missing something? As head teacher he is the MOST responsible; he KNEW what was going to happen and endorsed it! You firstly say that the whole of your year were trying to trend support on Twitter then later the large majority love him. Clearly this isn't true, as pupils in year 11 have complained about the bullying. As an adult I cannot imagine anything so humiliating as seeing my photo on the wall accompanied by my apparent failure! If you had featured on the wall yourself, I doubt you would have been so understanding. In addition it shows a complete lack of understanding about the way 15/16 year old minds work. I am sure that staff, parents and pupils at Larkmead will continue to blindly support Mr. Harris, but any one with half a brain will see this as it is; a desperate attempt to improve the school's ranking in the exam ratings and a desire to beat other local secondary schools in uptake of places in next year 7. Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children. Feelingsmatter
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4:59pm Fri 9 Mar 12

XxXTayTayXxX says...

Feelingsmatter wrote:
xxxTayTayxxx said, "very few of us have any issues with him as we are not holding him responsable for this." (It's responsible, by the way) and "it was just the photos which were the issue." Am I missing something? As head teacher he is the MOST responsible; he KNEW what was going to happen and endorsed it!


You firstly say that the whole of your year were trying to trend support on Twitter then later the large majority love him. Clearly this isn't true, as pupils in year 11 have complained about the bullying. As an adult I cannot imagine anything so humiliating as seeing my photo on the wall accompanied by my apparent failure! If you had featured on the wall yourself, I doubt you would have been so understanding. In addition it shows a complete lack of understanding about the way 15/16 year old minds work.

I am sure that staff, parents and pupils at Larkmead will continue to blindly support Mr. Harris, but any one with half a brain will see this as it is; a desperate attempt to improve the school's ranking in the exam ratings and a desire to beat other local secondary schools in uptake of places in next year 7. Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children.
Actually one of my friends WAS on this bored and told me earlier that she wasnt effect. The whole idea wasnt Mr Harris and it wasnt done the way he thought it should have been, also his son is in my year so he has a large understanding of the sisuation. Mr harris said to my year earlier that they do care and this was an attemp to help us do better and achive the best we could. It was only one student and they said they wont go into 6th form now, they werent aloud to anyway!!!

HE didnt want it done like this!
HE didnt want the photos!
MY year support him!

TEAM HARRIS
WE LOVE MR HARRIS
[quote][p][bold]Feelingsmatter[/bold] wrote: xxxTayTayxxx said, "very few of us have any issues with him as we are not holding him responsable for this." (It's responsible, by the way) and "it was just the photos which were the issue." Am I missing something? As head teacher he is the MOST responsible; he KNEW what was going to happen and endorsed it! You firstly say that the whole of your year were trying to trend support on Twitter then later the large majority love him. Clearly this isn't true, as pupils in year 11 have complained about the bullying. As an adult I cannot imagine anything so humiliating as seeing my photo on the wall accompanied by my apparent failure! If you had featured on the wall yourself, I doubt you would have been so understanding. In addition it shows a complete lack of understanding about the way 15/16 year old minds work. I am sure that staff, parents and pupils at Larkmead will continue to blindly support Mr. Harris, but any one with half a brain will see this as it is; a desperate attempt to improve the school's ranking in the exam ratings and a desire to beat other local secondary schools in uptake of places in next year 7. Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children.[/p][/quote]Actually one of my friends WAS on this bored and told me earlier that she wasnt effect. The whole idea wasnt Mr Harris and it wasnt done the way he thought it should have been, also his son is in my year so he has a large understanding of the sisuation. Mr harris said to my year earlier that they do care and this was an attemp to help us do better and achive the best we could. It was only one student and they said they wont go into 6th form now, they werent aloud to anyway!!! HE didnt want it done like this! HE didnt want the photos! MY year support him! TEAM HARRIS WE LOVE MR HARRIS XxXTayTayXxX
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5:07pm Fri 9 Mar 12

XxXTayTayXxX says...

Feelingsmatter wrote:
xxxTayTayxxx said, "very few of us have any issues with him as we are not holding him responsable for this." (It's responsible, by the way) and "it was just the photos which were the issue." Am I missing something? As head teacher he is the MOST responsible; he KNEW what was going to happen and endorsed it!


You firstly say that the whole of your year were trying to trend support on Twitter then later the large majority love him. Clearly this isn't true, as pupils in year 11 have complained about the bullying. As an adult I cannot imagine anything so humiliating as seeing my photo on the wall accompanied by my apparent failure! If you had featured on the wall yourself, I doubt you would have been so understanding. In addition it shows a complete lack of understanding about the way 15/16 year old minds work.

I am sure that staff, parents and pupils at Larkmead will continue to blindly support Mr. Harris, but any one with half a brain will see this as it is; a desperate attempt to improve the school's ranking in the exam ratings and a desire to beat other local secondary schools in uptake of places in next year 7. Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children.
Actually one of my friends WAS on this bored and told me earlier that she wasnt effect. The whole idea wasnt Mr Harris and it wasnt done the way he thought it should have been, also his son is in my year so he has a large understanding of the sisuation. Mr harris said to my year earlier that they do care and this was an attemp to help us do better and achive the best we could. It was only one student and they said they wont go into 6th form now, they werent aloud to anyway!!!

HE didnt want it done like this!
HE didnt want the photos!
MY year support him!

TEAM HARRIS
WE LOVE MR HARRIS
[quote][p][bold]Feelingsmatter[/bold] wrote: xxxTayTayxxx said, "very few of us have any issues with him as we are not holding him responsable for this." (It's responsible, by the way) and "it was just the photos which were the issue." Am I missing something? As head teacher he is the MOST responsible; he KNEW what was going to happen and endorsed it! You firstly say that the whole of your year were trying to trend support on Twitter then later the large majority love him. Clearly this isn't true, as pupils in year 11 have complained about the bullying. As an adult I cannot imagine anything so humiliating as seeing my photo on the wall accompanied by my apparent failure! If you had featured on the wall yourself, I doubt you would have been so understanding. In addition it shows a complete lack of understanding about the way 15/16 year old minds work. I am sure that staff, parents and pupils at Larkmead will continue to blindly support Mr. Harris, but any one with half a brain will see this as it is; a desperate attempt to improve the school's ranking in the exam ratings and a desire to beat other local secondary schools in uptake of places in next year 7. Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children.[/p][/quote]Actually one of my friends WAS on this bored and told me earlier that she wasnt effect. The whole idea wasnt Mr Harris and it wasnt done the way he thought it should have been, also his son is in my year so he has a large understanding of the sisuation. Mr harris said to my year earlier that they do care and this was an attemp to help us do better and achive the best we could. It was only one student and they said they wont go into 6th form now, they werent aloud to anyway!!! HE didnt want it done like this! HE didnt want the photos! MY year support him! TEAM HARRIS WE LOVE MR HARRIS XxXTayTayXxX
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5:09pm Fri 9 Mar 12

XxXTayTayXxX says...

Actually one of my friends WAS on this bored and told me earlier that she wasnt effect. The whole idea wasnt Mr Harris and it wasnt done the way he thought it should have been, also his son is in my year so he has a large understanding of the sisuation. Mr harris said to my year earlier that they do care and this was an attemp to help us do better and achive the best we could. It was only one student and they said they wont go into 6th form now, they werent aloud to anyway!!!

HE didnt want it done like this!
HE didnt want the photos!
MY year support him!

TEAM HARRIS
WE LOVE MR HARRIS
Actually one of my friends WAS on this bored and told me earlier that she wasnt effect. The whole idea wasnt Mr Harris and it wasnt done the way he thought it should have been, also his son is in my year so he has a large understanding of the sisuation. Mr harris said to my year earlier that they do care and this was an attemp to help us do better and achive the best we could. It was only one student and they said they wont go into 6th form now, they werent aloud to anyway!!! HE didnt want it done like this! HE didnt want the photos! MY year support him! TEAM HARRIS WE LOVE MR HARRIS XxXTayTayXxX
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5:33pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Phian says...

The way XxXTayTayXxX uses English language leaves something to be desired.
Remembering my days at school, I certainly did not respond well to ridicule by teachers and would seriously doubt the wisdom of staff who thought this idea worth consideration let alone be put into practice.
The way XxXTayTayXxX uses English language leaves something to be desired. Remembering my days at school, I certainly did not respond well to ridicule by teachers and would seriously doubt the wisdom of staff who thought this idea worth consideration let alone be put into practice. Phian
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5:36pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Feelingsmatter says...

Phian, I have to agree with you. In fact, I'm surprised XxXTayTayXxX wasn't on the board!
Phian, I have to agree with you. In fact, I'm surprised XxXTayTayXxX wasn't on the board! Feelingsmatter
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9:21am Sat 10 Mar 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

orangefoot wrote:
Why choose to criticise students and not their teachers?

If teachers fail to inspire and encourage their students then it is they who have failed in their duty, not the child who has failed in their efforts.
Because, outside London, most teachers are reasonably competent. Please look around at the parent/s when you're next at the school gates and you may see where the problem often lies. However this was a bit mean. It didn't even happen in 2dry mods decades ago when I was at (a selective) school and many of today's young people would not even have survived at that time because there was no NHS to soothe them into the world if they had genetic defects.
[quote][p][bold]orangefoot[/bold] wrote: Why choose to criticise students and not their teachers? If teachers fail to inspire and encourage their students then it is they who have failed in their duty, not the child who has failed in their efforts.[/p][/quote]Because, outside London, most teachers are reasonably competent. Please look around at the parent/s when you're next at the school gates and you may see where the problem often lies. However this was a bit mean. It didn't even happen in 2dry mods decades ago when I was at (a selective) school and many of today's young people would not even have survived at that time because there was no NHS to soothe them into the world if they had genetic defects. Lord Palmerstone
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10:10am Sat 10 Mar 12

Feelingsmatter says...

Lord Palmerstone, your opinion is highly interesting; however, to suggest that our teachers are more competent than those in London is laughable! London has a far higher % of non-English speaking pupils and poverty, yet Oxfordshire schools are among the lowest-performing in the country and underperform those in the inner cities. Also, to sneer at children who have "genetic defects", as you so clinically phrased it, is beneath you. When you were young, children with special needs were hidden away from the mainstream so no one knew about them. Now they are included in many standard schools. I have one, and he doesn't need "soothing" thank you.

Secondary Moderns arrived after the NHS by the way.

I completely agree with orangefoot; teachers at Larkmead must have been panicking at recent exam results and in their desperation resorted to bullying. This is never acceptable.
Lord Palmerstone, your opinion is highly interesting; however, to suggest that our teachers are more competent than those in London is laughable! London has a far higher % of non-English speaking pupils and poverty, yet Oxfordshire schools are among the lowest-performing in the country and underperform those in the inner cities. Also, to sneer at children who have "genetic defects", as you so clinically phrased it, is beneath you. When you were young, children with special needs were hidden away from the mainstream so no one knew about them. Now they are included in many standard schools. I have one, and he doesn't need "soothing" thank you. Secondary Moderns arrived after the NHS by the way. I completely agree with orangefoot; teachers at Larkmead must have been panicking at recent exam results and in their desperation resorted to bullying. This is never acceptable. Feelingsmatter
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12:49pm Sat 10 Mar 12

xjohnx says...

The point is that children in out society need good exam results.
Pretending that children who fail have not achieved what they might, is stupid and bad, in the long run, for the child.
In hind sight, I can say without hesitation that I would, have gone through hell, high water and humiliation for better exam marks.
The teachers may have been pushing the envelolpe, but still doing the right thing.
Disappointment is part of life, children need to learn this.
The point is that children in out society need good exam results. Pretending that children who fail have not achieved what they might, is stupid and bad, in the long run, for the child. In hind sight, I can say without hesitation that I would, have gone through hell, high water and humiliation for better exam marks. The teachers may have been pushing the envelolpe, but still doing the right thing. Disappointment is part of life, children need to learn this. xjohnx
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12:51pm Sat 10 Mar 12

xjohnx says...

Oh, for better incentives to learn English spelling and sentance construction!
Oh, for better incentives to learn English spelling and sentance construction! xjohnx
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2:40pm Sat 10 Mar 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

I do not have your knowledge of state secondary education Feelings, since the family hasn't used that facility since the 1920's so I yield to you in that. The illiterate rentarabble that pitches up annually for the NUT Conference seem to come from London mainly but you know better, of course. Don't get sniffy. It takes 11 years between the establishment of the NHS and secondary school entrance and simple observation on the Number 5 bus, or the 2,out of Carfax and St Giles, respectively would suggest that many with children are considerably more accomplished in bringing up mucus than bringing up their young.But you know the catchment area of Larkmead and I don't.
I do not have your knowledge of state secondary education Feelings, since the family hasn't used that facility since the 1920's so I yield to you in that. The illiterate rentarabble that pitches up annually for the NUT Conference seem to come from London mainly but you know better, of course. Don't get sniffy. It takes 11 years between the establishment of the NHS and secondary school entrance and simple observation on the Number 5 bus, or the 2,out of Carfax and St Giles, respectively would suggest that many with children are considerably more accomplished in bringing up mucus than bringing up their young.But you know the catchment area of Larkmead and I don't. Lord Palmerstone
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9:51pm Sat 10 Mar 12

Tom Cranmer says...

Feelingsmatter wrote:
Phian, I have to agree with you. In fact, I'm surprised XxXTayTayXxX wasn't on the board!
I must say that I do find this sort of encouragement deplorable, but I understand that Mr Harris was not party to the exercise, but as a line manager has taken responsibility for the fiasco.

As for contributors reaction to TayTay's posts, I feel I should quote Feelingsmatter "Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children". It's a pity you feel that criticising a teenager's spelling is caring; maybe you should be working at Larkmead.
[quote][p][bold]Feelingsmatter[/bold] wrote: Phian, I have to agree with you. In fact, I'm surprised XxXTayTayXxX wasn't on the board![/p][/quote]I must say that I do find this sort of encouragement deplorable, but I understand that Mr Harris was not party to the exercise, but as a line manager has taken responsibility for the fiasco. As for contributors reaction to TayTay's posts, I feel I should quote Feelingsmatter "Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children". It's a pity you feel that criticising a teenager's spelling is caring; maybe you should be working at Larkmead. Tom Cranmer
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11:50pm Sat 10 Mar 12

Feelingsmatter says...

Tom Cranmer wrote; "As for contributors reaction to TayTay's posts, I feel I should quote Feelingsmatter "Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children". It's a pity you feel that criticising a teenager's spelling is caring; maybe you should be working at Larkmead."
.... but Tom, I'm not a teacher, am I. It is not my role to "care" for TayTay. As for criticising a teenager's spelling, if my two teenagers showed such a lack of English language skills at year 11 I would be extremely concerned at the standard of teaching. If anyone posts a comment on the site about education then they are really setting themselves up for comments regarding their level of literacy, surely. The fact that TayTay has taken it upon himself to be the voice of the entire year 11 simply makes it more important that he takes the time to check his comment before posting it. My comment is a completely different matter from plastering a child's photo on the busiest wall in the school as no one knows who he is for a start.

I rather feel you are using my comment as an excuse to divert attention from the central issue. Harris KNEW about the idea before it happened, yet did NOTHING to prevent it! That is poor leadership and complicity in an act of bullying.

As for TayTay, if he hadn't concocted such a pack of inconsistent tosh in his comments I would have been far less likely to criticise him in the first place. I know several year 11 pupils, in addition to the one who has posted here, who have been devastated by the actions of the staff and feel they have been victimised by Mr. Harris himself for failing to react quickly enough to the distress caused. THAT is the issue, not two vaguely sarcastic comments regarding poor literacy.

Maybe you should look again at your own comment; your sarcastic dig in the final sentence was hardly constructive or caring either, was it?
Tom Cranmer wrote; "As for contributors reaction to TayTay's posts, I feel I should quote Feelingsmatter "Schooling isn't about competition, it's about caring for individual children". It's a pity you feel that criticising a teenager's spelling is caring; maybe you should be working at Larkmead." .... but Tom, I'm not a teacher, am I. It is not my role to "care" for TayTay. As for criticising a teenager's spelling, if my two teenagers showed such a lack of English language skills at year 11 I would be extremely concerned at the standard of teaching. If anyone posts a comment on the site about education then they are really setting themselves up for comments regarding their level of literacy, surely. The fact that TayTay has taken it upon himself to be the voice of the entire year 11 simply makes it more important that he takes the time to check his comment before posting it. My comment is a completely different matter from plastering a child's photo on the busiest wall in the school as no one knows who he is for a start. I rather feel you are using my comment as an excuse to divert attention from the central issue. Harris KNEW about the idea before it happened, yet did NOTHING to prevent it! That is poor leadership and complicity in an act of bullying. As for TayTay, if he hadn't concocted such a pack of inconsistent tosh in his comments I would have been far less likely to criticise him in the first place. I know several year 11 pupils, in addition to the one who has posted here, who have been devastated by the actions of the staff and feel they have been victimised by Mr. Harris himself for failing to react quickly enough to the distress caused. THAT is the issue, not two vaguely sarcastic comments regarding poor literacy. Maybe you should look again at your own comment; your sarcastic dig in the final sentence was hardly constructive or caring either, was it? Feelingsmatter
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1:21pm Wed 14 Mar 12

jolene2905 says...

And for those people who are picking up on the grammar or spellings by some students commenting and being rude about them are basically trying to embarass them on a public forum, just the thing you are saying is not acceptable, get a grip! It was an idea that clearly backfired, the school have held their hands up and apologised and acknowledged they got it wrong and the students have said they have not been overly affected, therefore lesson learned!
And for those people who are picking up on the grammar or spellings by some students commenting and being rude about them are basically trying to embarass them on a public forum, just the thing you are saying is not acceptable, get a grip! It was an idea that clearly backfired, the school have held their hands up and apologised and acknowledged they got it wrong and the students have said they have not been overly affected, therefore lesson learned! jolene2905
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