"The Government's aim is a society where all children and young people achieve their full potential and where the momentum of success, enjoyment and learning continues into their adult lives. This is essential to support the economic growth the UK needs to be globally competitive, to minimise the waste of talent and to achieve the sense of fairness and opportunity which is vital for social cohesion. There have been major improvements in educational standards at all Key Stages over the last ten years. It is a considerable achievement that there have been gains across the board, and that the gap between children from lower income and disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has not widened. International comparisons assign high rankings to UK education..." (continues for several hundred pages)
HM Government Public Service Agreements
Ministers are going to get very angry if GCSE results are not eight percentage points better by 2011.