Talents unlocked;Leading Article;Opinion

17th September 1999 at 01:00
THIS week's excellent national test results have led to a new buoyancy in the pressurised atmosphere of the Education Department. Ministers and their advisers believe that the big rise in achievement at key stage 2 triumphantly vindicates their policies. The literacy hour, for example, means that primary teachers who were floundering now have a practical method for teaching reading. The National Year of Reading, and efforts to encourage fathers to read to their sons, are creating a new understanding of literacy, and giving parents a handle on how to help their children.

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.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now