“The use of the Level 6 results in league tables this year will go down very badly,” said Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teacher. “You do not need a test to stretch bright children, you need to give teachers the time and space to set the right tasks and work with these children.”
"Families with high-ability children said the Government’s move would force schools to take more account of the needs of bright children. Many fear they are currently neglected as teachers concentrate on getting average-ability children to Level 4".
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families with high ability children...my son will also be sitting a level 6 paper, it seems, and I do not consider that this has in any way 'taken his needs into account'. It's for the school; not for him, though they have failed to teach him the work so not sure he is going to jump through this particular hoop. He was asking me about simplifying equations this weekend - somehow he had managed to answer a question correctly but wasn't sure how he got there. I am more in agreement with Mr Hobby there.