Winning a Gold Star


Would you like to win a gold star?
Carry plaudits home in a jar?
And be better off than you are – or would you rather get a four?

A four is the judgement that you don’t want to seek –
It means that the school is very weak.
The outcomes for children may be fairly low,
It may not be clear how leadership can grow,
And, by the way, if the SCR is poor,
You will be looking at a four.

Would you like to win a gold star?
Carry plaudits home in a jar?
And be better off than you are – or would you rather get a three?

A three is a judgement that once was OK
But the term “Satisfactory” has gone away.
You’re not outstanding, and you’re not yet good
But at least you’re heading in the way you should.
If improvement’s what Ofsted wants to see
You’ll very likely get a three.

Would you like to win a gold star?
Carry plaudits home in a jar?
And be better off than you are – I guess you’re looking for a one?

Good and Outstanding are the grades two and one.
Descriptors outline what should be done.
You must be “stringent” and “unwavering” –
A strong sense of vision is a useful thing.
And, if your school’s judged to be performing well,
You’ll get to ring that glory bell!

And all the grades are set out to view
Every school will meet quite a few.
So you see, it’s all up to you
You can be better than you are

You could be winnin’ a gold star ….

Based on: “Swinging On A Star”

Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are?
Or would you rather be a mule? A mule is an animal with long, funny ears
He kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny and his brain is weak
He’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And, by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are?
Or would you rather be a pig? A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He’s got no manners when he eats his food
He’s fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don’t care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig [instrumental-first 3 lines of chorus]
Or would you rather be a fish?

A fish won’t do anything but swim in a brook
He can’t write his name or read a book
To fool all the people is his only thought
Though he’s slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish

And all the monkeys aren’t in a zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So you see, it’s all up to you
You can be better than you are

You could be swingin’ on a star

 

 

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