They were always a waste of everyone’s time. Scotland had the courage to hold out and have nothing to do with them, but like the saps we are we caved in and inflicted them on a generation of year 9s – filling them with half remembered nonsense about “key scenes” (whatever that means) in Shakespeare plays that meant nothing to them. Ed Balls is quoted as saying “increasingly the national test is less and less relevant.” When were they at their peak of relevance then? I must have missed that. Kind of makes me laugh to think of retired teachers having to cancel their holidays because they now can’t earn their yearly bonus by ticking page after page and then making up a number.