Keep baseline tests in reception
The proposed introduction of a "universal baseline test" (TES, October 20) after the first year of schooling will result in teachers being pressured, against their professional jugment, to teach children how to jump through the test hoops at an even younger age.
In the first years of schooling, teachers should be trusted to decide the mix of structured activities and class teaching needed to cater for the wide range of abilities found in their classes. Young children learn most by "doing" - whatever happened to childhood?
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