18th May 2001 at 01:00
The testing regime now in schools can't even be compared to the mid-50s, when I was at junior school ("Has the culture of tests gone too far?", TES, May 11).

I was with some school governors recently and was moved by one who spoke of her own chld and the worry and incessant preparation. This mother compared her own primary days with those of her child and felt genuinely sad. Whenever I read that tests are "not a burden", I despair.

Tim Peskett 36 Edinburgh Road Northampton

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