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Should teachers boycott baseline tests for four-year-olds?

10-Mar-16

Dr Richard House, Co-founder of Early Childhood Action, education campaigner, trained Steiner Kindergarten and class teacher
YES From 2016, all primary schools in England will have to test children when they start school at the age of four. High-achieving schools will be able to opt out of the testing from 2023 and will be judged on Year 6 attainment. Critics of the policy claim it could lead to more...

Department for Education, Government
NO The Government claims that a baseline assessment of children’s literacy and numeracy as soon as they start school will enable their progress through the school to be measured better. A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The reception baselines have been evaluated...

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