Testing times

9th May 2003 at 01:00
We are reminded that Ann Hill, departed chief executive of the Scottish School Board Association, once expressed a desire to "sink back into obscurity" after the furore over national testing in the early 1990s died down.

This was the campaign she believes she launched from tiny Mouswald primary in rural Dumfriesshire, where she chaired the board.

Hill's tempestuous times with the SSBA and her acrimonious departure, well chronicled in these columns, may lead her at last to the obscurity she sought - but not perhaps in the way she would have sought it.

In her idler moments, she may perhaps find reassurance from the SSBA's website which informs us that "the association runs a very busy problem-solving service which has proved very successful and very useful".

So where was it when it was needed most - by its own chief executive and executive board?

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today