Too early to join the box gang
I was more impressed by the letter from a teacher, as this powerful gang of inspectors, directors, executives and academics are probably begetters of profiles, rather than daily fillers-in of myriad boxes. So they say nothing of premature labelling, or the sheer vagueness of many of the 117 items to be ticked for each child.
I look round the faces of the reception class I teach and think "Children, or tickboxes?". It is no contest.
Sadly, it will become like George Orwell's 1984. We will win the victory over ourselves and grow to love the process and the league tables that will one day ensue. Ticking boxes is neat, does the trick. I shall have Two Minutes Hate every day in protest.
Professor E C Wragg
University of Exeter