What a difference a year makes. Only 12 months ago, Professor Richard Daugherty's assessment review group called for an end to compulsory national tests in Wales at 11 and 14. The Assembly Government acted quickly, and last week, the final mandatory Sats were sat by the country's 14-year-olds.
And for Welsh teachers, an equally momentous event occurred 12 months ago.
The Times Educational Supplement launched TES Cymru, our new edition for Wales. It's a sign of the impact of devolution, and the uniqueness of the Welsh education system. The past year has represented a tremendous achievement for TES Cymru's dedicated editor, Karen Thornton, and new reporter Nicola Porter. They have produced a string of scoops such as the revelations that Year 6 children would still be taking Sats in more than half of primary schools and that women were failing to close the gender gap when it came to getting headships.
But the good news is that the paper is going from strength to strength. You can pick up a copy at the Wales Education 2005 exhibition and conference next Thursday and Friday. With more than 130 exhibitors, and 55 professional development seminars, it, too, will provide a wealth of ideas and inspiration. And you might bump into Karen and Nicola dashing about with their notebooks.
Diane Hofkins Assistant editor, TES