If you happen to be a parent of school age children, then the Daily Telegraph story below may sound familiar:
"At least 120,000 bright children are effectively going backwards in secondary schools, prompting fresh fears over the way top pupils are taught.
One child in five who was doing well in some core subjects at the end of primary school failed to make any further progress in the first three years of secondary education, according to figures obtained by the Conservatives. Many of the top performing pupils at 11 actually did worse by the age of 14.
The findings come as the Government issued fresh threats to hundreds of "coasting" schools that they face closure unless standards improve. Local authorities are being told to issue notices to schools that fail to boost pupils' grades warning that they will be turned into privately-sponsored city academies if improvement is too slow."
Would any of our teaching readers care to comment?