Friday, 25 January 2008

School Reports?

A website is offering parents the chance to review their child's school. allows its users to add a review of the school - positive or negative - anonymously.

According to the TES, headteachers have expressed concern about the potential for the site to be used abusively - though analysis shows most of the 3000 reviews are positive.

The founder of the site, Greg Hatfield said that he was inspired to set up the site when he moved to Brighton and reliased he was entirely reliant on word of mouth to decide which school his children should attend. He said, "It is important for any school to know what the gossip is at the school gate, whether good or bad. If they don't know about it, they can't rebut it."

Mick Brookes, general secretary of the NAHT said heads would be concerned about any such sites being used by parents with personal vendettas. But, he suggested, parents could turn it around by using it as a positive forum for good news about individual children's progress.

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