On a side note, whilst currently working as a teaching assistant in primary school with a year 3 class I noticed that all of the children were split into groups for numeracy and literacy classes. Groups which were then lead by teaching assistants. I then had the privilage to witness literacy classes lead by teaching assistants for whom english was a second language. I was shocked to discover this assistant teaching spellings for 'words' such as 'fiercest' and regularly making huge grammer mistakes throughout. Surely if we want to ensure that children, especially in primary schools, are taught appropriately then more than just teachers need to have sat these tests - and moreover perhaps those tests really do very little to reflect the numeracy and literacy standards that are actually reaching the classroom anyway!