Those of you with children about to go into year 9 this September would be well advised to ask your school exactly what they are planning on teach in English, Maths and Science now that the SATS tests for their age group have been abolished.
If the recent emails I've been receiving are anything to go by; they are about to be replaced with a year of utter nonsense focusing on such gems as 'model making' 'creative thinking' and 'pupil driven unstructured work' That will certainly help us compete on a global stage, then.
There are two problems here:
1) The kids waste a year before the GCSE syllabus starts in Year 10.
2) The Government will conclude that teachers and schools can't be trusted to educate children unless they are told exactly what to teach and when to do it.