The whole picture

I found this excellent article from UKedchat about a school in Lancashire that sent every pupil in Year 6 an accompanying letter along with their Sat results.
Here is the text of the article with a photo of the letter below:

Feature: Lancashire School Celebrates the Whole Child
Posted on July 15, 2014 by @Chilledu in Feature, Slider

At this time of year, many primary schools in England start receiving their SATs results, sharing the scores with parents and pupils. Many teachers and leaders go straight to the analysis, number crunching the figures (RAISE / FFT etc!!!), worried about the impact of SATs, or the condemnation of OFSTED, should they spot any slip in the scores – thus concerns about standards falling. However, an inspiring Lancashire school has looked beyond this, writing a letter to each leaver celebrating the individual traits and strength of their pupils despite having high levels of test scores.

The letter (pictured below) reads…

..we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you – the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your best…the score you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.

So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.


About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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