Wails from Wales

14th April 2006 at 01:00
We've had Lethal Weapon 2, Shrek 2 and Basic Instinct 2 - now make way for The Learning Country 2: Delivering the Promise, the second instalment of Wales's plans for education and lifelong learning up to 2010.

Jane Davidson, Welsh education minister, has solid achievements to report from the past five years. The Assembly has ditched national tests, capital spending has shot up and standards have risen across the board. But there's a bit of a problem with targets. The Assembly has missed most of them - on attendance and at key stages 2, 3 and 4 - and has now revised them downwards.

The doughty Ms Davidson shakes off these trifling lapses. She had inherited most of the previous targets from "two different administrations", she explained. "We hadn't done the research to see if they were fit for purpose."

This must be a reference to targets set by colonial rulers, such as Peter Hain, before the Welsh Assembly was established in 1999.

But Ms Davidson had been in post for nearly a year before The Learning Country was published in September 2001. And the Diary is not impressed with the weaselly new expression for targets: they're "forward outcome indicators" now.

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