Although it is not a statutory requirement, pressure is being placed on schools to introduce new baseline tests at the start of Reception. This is intended to “hold primary schools to account” for pupils’ progress, but is likely to have damaging effects on children’s learning. Early years organisations are urging schools to boycott the new tests.
Here are some of the key arguments and documents.
An infant and nursery school head, and a reception class teacher, reflect on their experience of young children’s learning and assessment (28 March 2015)
- TACTYC position statement
- Evaluation of the six tests
- Open letter from professional organisations, NUT and ATL
- Powerpoint by Too Much Too Soon
- Stickers from Too Much Too Soon
- Postcards obtainable from Charter for Primary Education