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New baseline assessment could put five-year-olds to the test

MOVING baseline assessment to when children begin formal schooling could make it a test for five-year-olds, according to the National Union of Teachers.

Government plans to replace the 90 assessment schemes that schools use when children start reception class with a single natinal assessment at the start of Year 1 are out for consultation at the moment. The union has warned that the proposal could mean the assessment, used to establish a child's learning needs, will instead become a test of how schools have implemented the new foundation stage.

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