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Should there be more formal testing of young children?

04-Jul-13

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted
YES Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, would like to see more nurseries carrying out regular assessments of children as he believes the most effective nurseries are those which regularly assess children and set high expectations. He said: “When children arrive...

Dr Richard House, senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, University of Winchester
NO Dr Richard House sees Sir Michael’s push for more testing of young children as “the creeping ‘schoolification’ of early childhood in England” and questions Sir Michael’s evidence for the “best nursery and primary schools”, asking on “what criteria he bases his 'best' label”. ...

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