Children failed by teacher 'stereotypes' - Telegraph

9/8/11 5:10 PM

Children failed by teacher 'stereotypes'
Schoolchildren are being systematically marked down by teachers employing crude stereotypes, according to research.
By Graeme Paton ( , Education Editor 12:44PM BST 04 Apr 2010

Black children and white pupils from poor backgrounds are among those most likely to be downgraded by schools, it was claimed. At the same time, Indian and Chinese children – often considered to be high-achievers – tend to be “overassessed” by teachers. The findings, in a report by Bristol University, will cast fresh doubt on calls by unions to abolish national tests for 11-year-olds in England in favour of a less formal system in which teachers assess children’s ability in the classroom. For the first time this year, the results of “teacher assessment” will be included in league tables – alongside Sats scores – but the Government has refused to scrap tests altogether. Simon Burgess, director of Bristol’s Centre for Market and Public Organisation, said that in some cases tests were the only opportunity children had to “prove their teachers wrong”.

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In the latest study. It found that black pupils aged 11 performed consistently better in Sats than in teachers’ own assessments.telegraph.telegraph. academics compared the results of Sats – which are independently marked – against scores assigned by staff as part of internal teacher assessment exercises. That is unacceptable. it was claimed. Ed Balls. said: “There are still schools. the Schools The report said the differences were a result of stereotyping. the union’s head of education. They were particularly pronounced in areas with fewer black failed by teacher 'stereotypes' . rather than other factors. But children from Indian and Chinese backgrounds were more likely to be marked up. particularly in white. working class communities.Telegraph 9/8/11 5:10 PM Primary school league tables 2009: English results down while maths stalls (http://www.” The National Union of Teachers is set to boycott Sats tests next month amid claims that they undermine children’s education and put headteachers’ jobs on the © Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2011 http://www.html Page 2 of 2 . John Bangs.” he told The Observer. White children from the poorest communities were also under-assessed compared with better-off peers. aspirations are not high’. we do the best with what we have got.html) “These findings suggest that going down the route of abolishing key stage tests at 11 would be a bad idea. where the attitude is. or less children from poor estates. said stereotyping could be combated with improved teacher training and was not a reason to maintain the exams. ‘the children here don’t do so well.

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