Loved your quote of the week: "Sorting out goes on throughout life. That's why you have barristers and binmen. Children need to get used to it."
Having been a teacher for 30 years I cannot remember a time when we didn't test children at the end of each year. Most government initiatives have been around before in one form or another - but we used to consider most of them to be a natural part of school life, not an "initiative".
Tom Noble Headteacher Wallsend Jubilee primary school Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear