Stability must be secured for good
A ministerial mantra pledging the excitement of stability may earn plaudits from professionals but not from pundits, or perhaps the public. The uncomfortable truth is that a policy of what the 19th-century Scottish philosopher Sir James Mackintosh described as "wise and masterly inactivity" is only possible where the performance of schools is beyond reproach. While significant progress is being made, it is not yet secure.
That is the real challenge for 2005 and beyond. And a happy year to come for all our readers!