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PLANS for headteachers to publish their own school league tables have been welcomed.

The proposals are being put forward by the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers and the United Learning group.

The tables would be separate from the official performance data published by the government.

They would include broader information about schools than just exam results, including fields such as music and sport.

Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education for Hampshire County Council, said: ‘I would welcome it. It’s incredibly important.

‘Parents know their children and they are the best people to make judgement about where their children should go to school.

‘Every school has its own ethos and character. The more we encourage our schools to give as much information as possible, the better.

‘A child will not achieve the basic standards unless they are motivated. Different children require different forms of motivation.

‘There is quite strong evidence that schools that go to great lengths to tell parents about activities that are available to children are the most successful with academic results.’

Councillor Neill Young is the cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council.

He said: ‘I’m supportive of it. It goes some way to giving the information that parents are wanting.

‘But it shouldn’t take away from tables which show performance.

‘It’s good because it gives the bigger picture of what’s going on in the school.

‘It’s about giving the support that is best for each child. It’s important that the council has that information because we need to ensure that we are supporting schools to improve and drive up standards.’

The government has already announced plans for a change in how league tables are assembled.

Instead of the focus on five or more GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths, from 2016 they will show pupils’ overall performance in eight subjects, including English and maths.