July 17, 2014 9:20 am

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“There are many ways of being smart”

This week a headteacher of a Lancashire school sent pupils a letter along with their key stage two test results. In it she congratulated the pupils’ academic achievements but also highlighted all the other ways in which they can succeed as a person.

The letter describes the importance of being kind, empathetic, creative, friendly and inquisitive. It suggests pupils should enjoy their results and be very proud of them but that they should also “remember there are many ways of being smart”. You can read the letter in full below.

We’d love to hear other examples of ways in which schools are celebrating their year six leavers’ achievements. How is your school marking the transition to the next stage of your pupils’ education?

Letter from Rachel Tomlinson, headteacher of Barrowfield Primary School, Lancashire:

“Please find enclosed your end of KS2 test results. We are very proud of you as you demonstrated huge amounts of commitment and tried your very best during this tricky week.

However, we are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you… the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do.

They do not know that many of you speak two languages. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture.

They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.

They do not know that you have travelled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.

They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.

So enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.”

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