The Education Select Committee in January 2012 raised the question with Michael Gove about the question of averages:
Q98 Chair: One is: if “good” requires pupil performance to exceed the national average, and if all schools must be good, how is this mathematically possible?
Michael Gove: By getting better all the time.
Q99 Chair: So it is possible, is it?
Michael Gove: It is possible to get better all the time.
Q100 Chair: Were you better at literacy than numeracy, Secretary of State?
Michael Gove: I cannot remember.
It’s not a great answer, but at least they asked the question. (see my previous post about this)
#AskGove was a Twitter conversation gathering questions prior to the Select Committee.