Following an interview in the Times last November in which he spoke of “sloppy text books” and of a concern to teach to the test, Tim Oates of Cambridge Assessments agreed to look at What, How and Why and responded thus:
I am very interested in both the development of your IGCSE textbook and the English textbook. Textbooks which are not narrowly linked to exam specifications are few and far between but should be FAR MORE common. I have looked through the content in detail and am very interested in the thinking behind content and the sequencing of content. Can we book a time for a phone call?
Tim Oates – Group Director – University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
The upshot is that Tim is now discussing my materials with colleagues and hopes to continue our discussion soon.