School under fire from families for using KPIs on behaviour and attendance to BAN some students from the college’s end-of-year formal
- Berri Regional Secondary College students have been excluded from its formal
- The school used a key performance indicator to determine its formal invitations
- KPI looks at students’ attendance, grades and behaviour over the school year
- Total of 15 students were told they can’t attend the Year 11 and 12 formal events
A group of children, some with learning impairments, from a small regional school will be barred from their end-of-year formal for low attendance.
The devastated sister of one of the excluded students from Berri Regional Secondary College in Berri, South Australia, said she feels they are being unfairly targeted.
Most of the 15 students to miss out on their Year 11 and Year 12 formals had already purchased their tickets, organised outfits and arranged transport with friends.
The school said it used a key performance indicator (KPI) to decide which students should be allowed to attend the coming-of-age events.
A group of 15 students have been barred from attending their formal by Berri Regional Secondary College (above)
The KPI system – which looks at students’ attendance, grades and behaviour – was previously used by the school for extracurricular events and activities like excursions, camps and sports days but has only been used for formals this year.
The devastated student’s sister said the school was aware their sibling had battled through a ‘rough year’ but still chose to exclude them.
‘It just seems wrong. I think there are circumstances where students should be excluded from attending extracurricular activities, but I think those things are severe behaviour (incidents),’ she told ABC.
She added her sibling suffers from a learning disability, identified by teachers at the school as dyslexia, which has greatly affected them.
‘(My sibling) was already a bit hesitant about school because they feel they’re not doing that well,’ she said.
The school used a key performance indicator system to decide who should be allowed to attend the Year 11 and Year 12 formals
‘But now they don’t really want to return next year and are pretty apprehensive about completing Year 12.’
The Department for Education said it understands students are disappointed to miss out on their formal but defended the school’s decision.
It said use of the KPI system encourages students to develop determination, resilience and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Education director for Berri Brenton Chapman said the school has systems in place designed to help students achieve a good KPI score.
‘Children with particular learning needs have differentiated learning plans which enable them to be successful irrespective of their starting point,’ he said.
However, Commissioner for Children and Young People Helen Connolly said the outright exclusion is ‘excessive’ and ‘disproportionate’ to their behaviour.