One of the current major educational concerns is the under-performance of boys and their apparent alienation from academic studies.
It therefore beggars belief that 13 to 14-year-old boys in this year's key stage 3 tests were required to imagine that they were Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Boys at our mixed 11-16 comprehensive have a good record in English, but, as one of them succinctly put it, "Why didn't they let us choose to be either Helena or Lysander?" I couldn't agree more. It would be interesting to hear the comments of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
RM Rowlands, St Augustine of Canterbury RC high school Blackbrook, St Helens.