Majority of head teachers oppose school tests for four-year-olds, study says

Thousands of schools across England will pilot “reception baseline assessments” in September, and the Department for Education (DfE) intends to make them compulsory in 2020. The Independent reports.

But the 20-minute tests, which will assess communication, language, literacy and mathematics skills, were denounced by head teachers as “inappropriate” and “totally unnecessary” in research carried out by staff at University College London’s Institute of Education.

The study’s author Dr Alice Bradbury said “There was some very negative language used in relation to this policy, which suggests that some head teachers feel very strongly that this policy will not benefit schools or children.”

A total of 9,600 primary schools will take part in the pilots, according to DfE, suggesting more than 7,000 schools decided not to.

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