Letters extra: campaign against testing

6th July 2001 at 01:00

The TES campaign against the tyranny of testing appears to be paying off - at least as demonstrated by the remarks of the chief executive of the QCA reported in today's paper (June 29).

However, why is it that the government and its senior advisers only react when they are confronted with the excesses of assessment at secondary level - as witnessed by the inquiry into AS levels and by David Hargreaves' suggested framework for secondary qualifications?

The really pernicious effects of testing are felt much earlier on in children's education when they are learning what kind of person they are and how far their abilities are valued.

As the Jesuits might have said "Test a child until he is seven and I give you the man" .

Professor Colin Richards
Spark Bridge,

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now