Michael Barber (Opinion Feb 2nd) notes 'what is happening in primary schools provides the starting point for key stage 3'. This is not strictly correct. The fact that some pupils achieve particular results in some subject areas doesn't mean we know how they have done so, let alone what will happen next as they move through three long years of KS3. Likewise, a 'B' in GCSE Mathematics does not inevitably lead to the same score at A Level. There is no obvious starting point for a secondary school. The complex community is historic, social and political - not a precise clockwork mechanism.
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