A DfES spokeswoman said in a statement today:
'Raising school standards remains a key priority for the government and this reorganisation will ensure that this continues.'
Association of Teachers and Lecturers general secretary Mary Bousted commented:
'The government's narrowly defined, intellectually impoverished, definition of standards has run its course. Test results have run into the sand - as they were bound to do sooner rather than later. Ministers know only too well that if standards are to improve, more of the same won't do.
'The tensions between the government's inclusion agenda and the standards agenda have been brought to the fore by the new and important focus on children and young people. Currently, the government's standards agenda is an exclusive agenda. Children and young people are faced with an obstacle race of endless tests rather than exciting opportunities to learn.
'The Standards and Effectiveness Unit was set up without any real thought about what was meant by 'standards' and 'effectiveness'. Its demise was thus inevitable.'