Tricks of exam

23rd June 1995 at 01:00
I have just witnessed the first cohort of Year 6 children taking the much-vaunted national tests for end of key stage 2 and key stage 1.

I can only conclude that those charged with the setting of the papers deliberately chose to use language that might trick children into making mistakes.

I had thought the object of the testing was to find out what children knew, not how they could be tricked into making errors.

DAVID JOHNSON Romsey Abbey primary school Church Lane, Romsey

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