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Letters Extra: Back to basics

'English children are the most tested in the world' ( TES , 28 March). This fact might even be acceptable if the tests were diagnostic and the teachers could build upon the results. Only the 'basic' test - the very first one - is of any use to a teacher. It informs the teacher of certain strengths and weaknesses of the young pupil and saves time all round.

Dr Julia Matthews Bexleyheath, Kent

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