In the same week David Bell's primary inspectors produced guidance on how teachers "can discover the secrets behind the successful implementation of the national literacy and numeracy strategies". This included endorsing schools which ensure that children as young as six are "made aware" of the levels they are achieving and how to "meet the criteria" for a higher level.
Many teachers will feel that this reinforces the "excessive or myopic focus" which the chief inspector appears to deplore.
Whose guidance should teachers heed - the chief inspector's wise counsel or the pre-Bell pre-prejudices of some inspectors ?
Professor Colin Richards
1 Bobbin Mill
Spark Bridge, Cumbria