Posted by: Creative_Ness
The issue with this website is it deals in averages so those schools that cater to more special needs students will have thier average brought down when actually they could excel more than another school that doesnt cater so much for special needs students.
You are exactly right there. The school my mum teaches at has the highest special needs unit in the area - it is one of the worst 'performing' schools in the region with NAPLAN
I must admit NAPLAN is ONE of the factors I considered when looking at what school to send our kids to and if that website had of been up when I was deciding I would have referred to it. The school we chose had the best NAPLAN scores in the region! This school (I have since later found out) also reserves the right to not enrol children if their child has a special need that is severe enough that it would result in that one child taking a large chunk of the teacher's time (unless that child is able to get an aide funded to assist that child within the classroom). Now this shows that private schools can be picky and choosy so of course are going to 'score' better
Now this is going to sound snobby but this is also one of the reasons I am happy to budget to be able to afford to pay the fees for private schooling! My mum has worked in the public education system for 25 yrs as an aide. Atm at my mum's school there is approx 5 to 6 special needs kids in every class - to ONE teacher. She has said the other 20 odd kids in the class struggle to learn because these 5 or 6 kids take 90% of the teacher's time (which isn't the kids fault)! I don't expect my kids to become OP 1 students, but I do want them to love school and to give them a fighting chance at learning!
SO I am all for the new school comparison website after that big speel wink