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The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

* The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is considering how to introduce optional tests in English, maths and science for 11 to 12-year-olds. It says these would help counter a dip in pupil perfomance in the early years of secondary school.

The QCA already publishes optional tests for eight, nine and 10-year-olds, which will be used by 90 per cent of schools next year.

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