If the PM trusts teachers, why does he obsess about Sats' 'accountability'?

6th November 2009 at 00:00

A major review of English primary education has recently been published - one which argues for a framework for accountability more comprehensive and tougher than the current test-fixated one. The Prime Minister demands clear accountability through testing at the end of primary school, but makes no mention of the arguments of the Cambridge Review. There seems to be a deliberate policy, not so much of disinformation about the review (though there has been some of that), but of malign neglect by the Government. Senior civil servants clearly hope the review will go away. It won't.

Professor Colin Richards, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.

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