Talents unlocked;Leading Article;Opinion
Pupils are probably more accustomed to sitting tests, and teachers are better at preparing them, especially when it comes to mental arithmetic. But the numeracy strategy will have played its part in the stunning maths results - and will be more widespread next year.
Why the educational right wing should want to denigrate this progress is a mystery. Noone needs to fiddle the tests. For generations the potential of many young people has remained unrealised. Now the teachers, through their hard work in classrooms up and down the land, are beginning to unlock it.