The high speed railway is certainly a hot topic – news papers full of the amount of tax payer’s money it would cost and who might and might not benefit. It is a fair question to ask.
Here, maybe, is another: Is it right that schools have spent money developing data tracking systems that quite soon will be of less use then they were without adaption, modification, training and yes, cost.
Unlike a passenger, in 2009, sitting on a slow train who might have wondered why a faster alternative had not been developed – a school engaged in the Making Good Progress Pilot or even a school not engaged in such, could hardly have anticipated such a radical change.
The cost of this transition will not appear in any official government budget projection as the costs will be down to individual schools – but there will be a cost and schools in tighter financial situations will find it difficult.
Like HS2 there will be a cost and unlike HS2 there won’t be an improvement of a national standard, rather exemplars to ponder and perhaps adapt.
Maybe it is worth it – we don’t still use gas lights and nobody, apart from the till in my dry cleaners, uses dial up Internet but….