A TEACHING union has hit out at the cost of producing league tables for schools.
Christine Hughes, Kirklees branch secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said according to latest figures the total cost of producing last year's performance figures was £3.03m.
"It is not difficult to work out that that would pay for a good few more teachers," she said.
Like other public sector performance tables, their disadvantages outweighed their advantages, said Mrs Hughes.
They had demotivated schools and narrowed the curriculum, she claimed.
And they had done nothing to support learning and teaching in schools.
"All the evidence shows that if you are stuck at the bottom you stay at the bottom.
"Is this how a fair and just society should treat its weakest members?" she said.
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL, said: "To say they are a valuable indicator of success is nonsense."