This letter accompanied the key, stage two test results of pupils at a Lancashire school in the United Kingdom. It is something every student, teacher and parent should read.
The letter, addressed individually to students by name, tells the pupils that their school, Barrowford Primary, is proud of them and the tests do not have a way of assessing what makes them "special and unique".
The people who designed the tests, the letter says, "do not know each of you... the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do".
These people do not know "you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best", it adds.
The letter finishes by telling pupils to "enjoy [their] results" but to remember, "there are many ways of being smart".
The letter is said to be copied mostly from a message sent to pupils at an unidentified U.S. school last year. But this heart-warming note is not just an inspiration for teachers and schools around the country, but also for parents. Judging kids on their test scores is just one part of what makes them who they are.
There are qualities that are important to nurture in young people that simply cannot be qualified through an evaluation process in schools and its some of these characteristics which will eventually make them good citizens.
But naysayers will argue that by sending out such a message, the school is undermining the students’ confidence in the education system.
Rachel Tomlinson, the Head of Barrowford disagrees, "We never give pupils the message that academic attainment isn't important - what we do is celebrate that we send really independent, confident, articulate learners on to the next stage of their school career."
Barrowford has 324 pupils on the roll and inspectors praised the staff at the school for providing "a warm, welcoming environment that builds confidence and supports children to settle very quickly".
We can see that though this letter!