http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-34108173 What's your opinion on national testing then? Mine are: 1) More tests (nearly wrote testes so maybe an insight into how my mind really works?!). 2) More work for teachers. 3) More pressure on teachers. 4) Measuring something does nothing in itself, it simply allows us to see how well a pupil is doing at a particular point in time. 5) If we truly want pupils to do better then surely more parents need to take responsibility (not "some" or "more" responsibility, just good old "responsibility") for their offspring. I'm sorry but spending a fair amount of time (7.5 minutes average) with your children every week limits what I can do - or care to do - for my pupils. Too many parents abdicate child-rearing to teachers: sorry, it's tough enough with my own and I'll be damned if I care more about your children than you do. 6) We need to eradicate poverty. Gordon Brown boldly stated that about 20 years ago. AN Other will boldly state that in another 20 years time. And someone else "important" will boldly state that long after we're all dead and buried. Pessimistic? Sure! Realistic? Equally sure! I'm off for a lie down now . . .