Beverley Hughes stood her ground well against the heckling of an audience of NAHT activists on Monday, when she defended tests and tables. Headteachers have been one of the biggest recipients of improved pay since Labour came to power. It is extraordinary that their activitists should turn around and demand the abandonment of the main tools of accountability in return. Bev has been a good children's minister, bringing a harder edge to a notoriously woolly area of policy. Her strong defence of testing and tables should earn her the gratitude of parents, pupils and anyone who cares about education standards.