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Methods of Motivating Students
« on: March 10, 2012, 10:46:57 AM »
School admits rogues' gallery of failing students was "counterproductive"

A school which posted a rogues’ gallery of photographs showing children who failed their mock GCSE exams has been forced to remove it, after outraged parents complained.

Larkmead School, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, had posted pictures of around 30 Year 11 students on the canteen wall in the hopes of “motivating them”.

But headteacher Chris Harris has now admitted the gallery was "counter-productive" and a “misjudgement”, and said it had been taken down following parent and pupil complaints.

One parents said her daughter had been “humiliated” by the policy, and is so upset she wants to leave school.

Teachers at the school had compiled a list of students who scored grades C and below in the January mock exams, fixing their names and pictures to a dedicated wall.

There, under the heading “Year 11 Target Board”, it was hoped the pictures would shame or encourage the students into improving their marks.

Mr Harris, who has been backed by the schools governors, said: "It was done out of a desire to support and help them, not a desire to humiliate."

He added the board had been taken down after just two days, and said teachers would explain the reasoning behind it in an assembly for students.

One mother, who did not want to be named, said her 15-year-old daughter had been upset by the display and no longer wanted to go to school.

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.

“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 admitted the gallery had been counter-productive.

"The intention was good, but it was clearly having the opposite impact," he added.

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

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."

The Telegraph

I do hope people who had to go through schooling like that themselves don't end up teaching in Korat. That's worse than the way teaching is done in Thailand! :cussing

I heard there's already at least one around who spends his time more with "policing" students, checking each word on their homework for plagiats from internet sources instead of praising them for using different sources and not only repeating his own words...