The whole idea is tosh, of course. If the people who set exam questions are "lowering standards" they have to do it across the board in order not to blow their cover. Who smuggles them past the serious, experienced academics who contribute to drawing up each year's new exam papers? How do they get away with it, year after year, under the all-seeing eye of the chief inspector?
The really important question is, of course, why did a supposedly progressive, forward-looking Government suffer its education policy to be to be run by a person who cannot recognise an untenable proposition when he utters it?
CR Shute Press liaison, Education Now 7 Kiln Way, Polesworth, Staffordshire