No value in vague levels
Doesn't David Blunkett realise that "level" descriptors are huge, vague, imposed millstones that have been given pseudo-credence by being quantified. I defy anyone to spot the difference between a pupil at the top end of a level 3 and the bottom end of a level 4. Exams for primary "failures" will force secondaries to have "remedialsets" from the word go, so preventing a fresh start for pupils. My, how to make them feel good!
There is more to educating children than making them jump through hoops, Mr Blunkett. Are you trying to squeeze in as much change as you possibly can before the General Teaching Council has a chance to consult the profession?
Is it this year or next you want us to produce human sausages who are all better than average?
Science teacher and a member of the General Teaching Council
Hinton St George