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Testing times over Easter

Ministers faced calls to scrap national tests for 11-year-olds today after a primary school set up extra classes during the Easter holiday to help children revise.

Pupils aged 10 and 11 at Thorplands primary in Northampton are in school for three extra days this week to revise for the tests. Mary Slaymaker, the school's headteacher, told the BBC News website that the scheme was about helping pupils, not boosting the league table results.

But teachers' leaders said the extra classes showed schools and children were under increasing pressure to do well in tests. The extra classes cost Pounds 1.50 a day, including meals.

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