If I was being asked the question this time next year I probably would have a better idea of the issues. One that is clear, ishttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36547401
The fundamental issue for everyone is that there will be relentless pressure on cut off scores over the next few years regardless of near term decisions.
Aside from the obvious impact on cut off scores, I suppose the other big issue is diminishing marginal returns. What I mean here is that there will be pressure from steadily growing cut off scores, to expand provision.
Logic leads me down the path of thinking about the ramifications of such growth and whether the MAT is the early stage of the response? Whilst we didn't go for it, some where like Queen Mary High School had a lovely "family" atmosphere about it and I guess my thinking is how do these schools retain their distinctiveness, ethos and warmth.
The point about diminishing marginal returns is that beyond a certain level, things usually start getting much much worse the more you try and grow them. Unless your the borg, in which case your distinctiveness is added to the collective and resistance is futile! BTW I was talking about seven of nine the other day, DD2 automatically answered 63. I guess the timetables practice is working at least