Ive been looking at the Welsh Assemblies Banding for schools you can download an excel version here .
Its difficult to extrapolate any useful data from this because
Within each category, a school's score is modified to take into account the percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals. This allows for the challenges of running a school in a deprived area.
Most of the categories also take into account a school's progress over time, to reward schools that are making improvements in performance.
What we really need is a before and after these factors are taken into account .
But do Goverments really point to people the influence social deprevation have on Childrens Education.
The Welsh Assembly are right to take these factors into account and the percentage of freemeals is a useful benchmark but it musn't be used to hide the very problem they are taken into account.