Thursday, 3 January 2008
Andrew Adonis, the schools minister, has started the new year well with his plan to publish the achievements of the ablest students at Key Stage 3 in the annual performance tables. Secondary heads' leader, John Dunford of the ASCL, grumbles that schools don't really take the tests at 14 seriously. But with English and Maths now properly recorded in GCSE tables, they are increasingly going to do so. So, combining them with the gifted and talented programme is surely the sort of joined-up thinking of which he ought to approve?