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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Ire

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Primary teachers were left surprised and not a little bit shocked by new official reading assessment guidance that includes a real example of a six- or seven-year-old reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The guidance issued by the Standards and Testing Agency, which administers the Sats tests and assessments, states that the child, “Pupil H”, would be assessed as working at greater depth within the expected standard because she could read words such as “international magical cooperation” without any hesitation, and used phonics and morphology to read unfamiliar words such as ...

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