I may be wrong , but the targets are the expected basics, not the norms. As such, anyone below is a cause for concern, and David Blunkett was quite right to say so. It's a shame Mr McAvoy could not say the same.
Expecting some pupils to be below the basics is one of the key things wrong with old education thinking. If we are to get everyone ready to enter post-compulsory education, this has to change.
Yours sincerely, JEFF ROOKER MP for Birmingham Perry Bar (Lab)
House of Commons London, SW1