Targets are such a stupid waste of time. Someone noticed that successful people more often than not set themselves goals. But it's the fact that they're that sort of person that makes them successful, not that they set themselves goals. Other people having arbitrary targets to aim for has little effect. I don't quite understand school targets anyway. If a child underperforms the response seems to be to lower the target. So any half witted child can quickly see that if they're lazy their target will be reduced and they can be lazier still. Radio 4's 'More or Less' should be compulsary listening for children and teachers alike. Schools play fast and lose with their often bogus statistics.