The BBC is reporting that too much testing in schools risks killing the joy of reading for children, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo will say in a lecture later.
Schools are being pressured into “teaching literacy fearfully”, Mr Morpurgo will tell an audience of publishers and educationalists.
More rigorous primary tests sparked parent protests in England this year. At the time, ministers argued that the tests boost educational standards and need not be stressful.
But Mr Morpurgo says testing is “supposed to encourage” both those who pass and those who fail, but he will tell the inaugural Book Trust Annual Lecture at London’s Guildhall that this is not the case.
“When you fail it brings only a sense of worthlessness and hopelessness.
“It brings fear and shame and anxiety.
“It separates you from those who have passed, rocks confidence, ruins self-esteem.”
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