5th February 1999 at 00:00
In the booklet summarising the Government's Targeting Excellence White Paper, the usual photographs of children involved in school activities might well depict the highest standards.

But questions must be asked about the snap of the children attempting to put a ball through a basketball hoop.

The hoop has not only lost its net, but the remnants of the missing mesh are hanging in tatters from the rim, a situation most self-respecting PE teachers would not tolerate, and the children are dressed in outdoor clothing not PE kit. Excellence? What excellence?

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