Pupils ‘scared’ of baseline tests, say teachers

TES is reporting that reception teachers say the government’s baseline assessments make pupils anxious, and that young children being tested are “scared of getting it wrong”, according to research from the NEU teaching union.

The Reception baseline assessments test the maths and language skills of every 4 and 5-year-old starting school, but research on teachers’ views of the 2019 pilot of the tests revealed nearly 50 per cent of respondents believed the tests had a negative impact on young pupils.

One teacher said, “I would worry about those children who are going to struggle. And how quickly do you stop the test?”

And 8 out of 10 teachers felt the baseline tests did not assess pupils’ current levels of attainment accurately, while 85 per cent said their schools’ own on-entry assessment of pupils gave them better information than Baseline.

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