Staff make the best assessments

Thank heavens for Wales. Jane Davidson (TES, August 30) trusts her teachers to assess properly the progress of young children.

Oh that English ministers would lift teachers' morale in the same way and improve provision for young children by scrapping tests at seven. Test results do not improve schools.

Tests at seven risk dumbing down early-years practice. Tests emphasise results on what is measured rather than the full and long-term benefits of learning.

Attainment is raised by teachers and support staff working with young children and families supporting their children.

National policies and guidance should help them do that rather than maintain hurdles that slow down and divert progress.

Jean Ensing CBE Specialist adviser, early years 235 Manor Way Aldwick Bay, Bognor Regis

Log in or register for FREE to continue reading.

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you