So, what do people think of OFSTED's current plans? I'm inclined to think this is just a rose (or a butt dipped in tuna) by any other name. Outcomes is still surely assessed by their terminal grade. Saying that grades are not as important as 'outcomes' is surely a conflicting statement. And the reduction of a student's timetable so that they are able to achieve some target grades as opposed to failing all of their subjects is a form of support for students? We do this and it is not a punishment - it is to help students who are struggling. We actually have to put in costly mentoring and supervision over and above their timetabled lessons when they have dropped courses and we wouldn't do so if this wasn't to the benefit of the student. Also, unless the government drop league tables, aren't schools now trying to appease two contradictory positions (if indeed grades matter less than... something else that I don't think is very clear) - how can we say it's ok for students grades to decline so long as 'outcomes' are improved but still rate schools by student attainment? And if job prospects are based on grades attained in schools, isn't pushing students towards the best grades possible giving them a widr range of future opportunities and erm... outcomes?