The Mirror is reporting a poll that, they claim*, suggests widespread public support for teachers’ demands to scrap tests for four-year-olds.
In the first major test of public opinion since the National Union of Teachers (NUT) called on Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to scrap them, nine out of ten members of the public agree.
The findings come in a poll of 1,000 adults by daynurseries.co.uk, an online guide to day nurseries and nursery schools…
Davina Ludlow, director of daynurseries.co.uk, said: “We fully back the NUT’s concerns over reception baseline assessments, and as our poll indicates, so do many of the general public.
“We all need to work together to change the notion that ‘starting sooner means improved results later’.
“There is increasing concern that at such a young age, rigorous assessments only undermine natural development.
“The first few weeks of starting school are an important transition period when teachers should be focusing on children’s social and emotional wellbeing and ensuring their pupils are successfully settling in rather than spending this crucial time assessing them…”
*Unless I am missing something, this “major test of public opinion” is actually just a poll on the daynurseries.co.uk website – just like our own readers’ polls – and (like ours) is in no meaningful way a properly sampled survey of public opinion. The Mirror may support the results of the poll but it is a bit disingenuous, to say the least, to position it as something it clearly isn’t.
That aside, your reaction to the comments made here by Davina Ludlow?
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