Sue McNicholl, Year 6 teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic primary, Liverpool, said:"The reading test was most particularly boy-friendly, almost to theexclusion of being girl-friendly. All the children and staff were unprepared. In past papers there has always been some form of fiction.
"There has been a move away from the emphasis on fiction but I just felt the test was too extreme in the other direction. It was designed to be boy-friendly, but was it children-friendly?" Yvonne Law, Year 6 teacher, Langwith Bassett primary, Mansfield, said: "The reading material was quite good. All children are interested in whales." Eleanor Levenson