I wonder who decided that Timss would take place the week after key stage 3 Sats? Our pupils turned up and gave it a go, but their hearts weren't in it. They'd responded wholeheartedly to the Sats, but there was nothing in it for them to really give Timss their all. It was a bit like a play-off for 3rd place a week after the FA Cup final.
No doubt there will be horror stories at some time when the results are published and England is found to have slipped down the international league tables. I wonder if anyone will then remember that the results will be more a comment on poor planning and administration than poor education.
Tony Toubkin. Burton, Carnforth, Lancashire