On the case
Neil Roscoe, its head of education, focused his comments mainly on the English curriculum: "Rather than improving attainment, which was what the national tests laudably set out to do, it is likely that they now have a detrimental effect and turn students off. Under the system, no credit is given for practical skills. If something isn't assessed, then the teacher won't teach it, particularly in a content heavy curriulum where there is pressure from the headteacher for results. It also tends to narrow the curriculum and reduce flexibility, and this rubs off on the students."