Mr Pendle was interested to read that one of the candidates shortlisted by the Labour Party to fight the Pendle seat at the next General Election had pledged to ensure that every – note the word every – student obtained good GCSE grades in their exams.
This would be done, the would-be candidate said, by sharing “best practice” from high achieving schools through more co-operation and less competition.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
But it cannot be done – for a simple reason.
What if the student lacks the basic ability to grasp the nettle?
Every year, we receive GCSE results from our six local high schools which contain the names of students whose grades are well below the targeted A* to C or, worse still, have simply failed to turn up for their exams.
Does the Labour Party seriously believe that by simply sharing “best practice”, these under-achieving pupils are going to be automatically transformed into 21st Century Albert Einsteins?
If only things were that simple.
There have always been pupils who have got good grades while others have not done so well, and there always will be.
It happened this year, it happened when Mr Pendle took his GCEs back in 1973 and it no doubt happened 20 years before that.
And if sharing “best practice” is the easy solution put forward by the candidate, Mr Pendle has to ask why no one has tried it before?