Sean Macnamara was put on “the oblong table” for low-ability pupils when he was still in reception.
No-one told Sean and his friend Billy what being “an oblong” meant – but they knew.
Smart lads like Matthew and Paul (Sean still remembers their names) were on higher-ability tables. Sean believes the oblong-table pupils were set up to fail from the outset.
“We just used to mess around and be really juvenile and we didn’t achieve anywhere near our potential.
“And I don’t think that’s because we were of low ability.”Lots of us are now successful in different areas but in school it was almost like we were written off.”
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