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Baseline assessment is a useful background check

Testing Year 4 pupils enables teachers to identify problems they may have early and work through them

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I don’t mind a times-tables test in Year 4. There, I’ve said it.

I think it’s pointless and expensive way of government showing that it’s doing something that is already happening, but if it keeps ministers happy, then let them have their little check. It won’t do children any harm to be tested on their times tables. Indeed, it never did. At least with an online assessment, we’re a few steps further on from the days when failing such a test would lead to a rap over the knuckles with a wooden ruler.

It’s also worth considering the test in the wider context of changes to assessment. If as part ...

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