Forms of reporting

Parents evenings

Very common practice where parents get the opportunity to talk briefly to their child's teacher about their progress and discuss any difficulties.

Written reports

An annual document from school to parents summarising the achievements and attainment of each pupil.

League tables of pupil attainment

Tables, often published in newspapers, in which schools are ranked in order of their aggregate levels of pupil attainment at a public assessment point, such as at the end of Key Stage 2. This is relatively simple to do, but tends to reflect the social circumstances of the pupil intake more than the particular contribution of the schools.

League tables of added value

Tables in which schools are ranked in terms of levels of pupil attainment at the end of a programme of study compared with their levels of attainment at the beginning of the programme of study. This reveals the gain, or added value but is technically difficult to produce.