The current point in the revolution (ie. turning in a circle) about intelligence testing means that intelligence tests are at present undervalued. Nevertheless, the vast majority of teachers recognise that pupils do vary in their capacity to understand depending on a relatively stable factor which may be defined as intelligence, and that intelligence is just as important in educational development as the all-round background experience which the pupil brings to school.
Thus it may be of interest to note that on re-examining the data which I acquired when teaching, which The TES used to spark the debate about reading standards (April 6), the average IQ of the schools for the seven-and-a-half year-olds varied considerably. For example, the average IQ of two socially similar schools about one mile apart, was 98 and 112 respectively.
DAVID THOMAS Otford, Kent