Testing of four-year-olds facing family action over fears it will ‘harm’ pupils

Families are set to challenge the government in court over its controversial test for four-year-olds in the first few weeks of primary school as they worry the assessment will “harm” pupils. The Independent reports.

Parents claim the baseline assessment – which is due to be piloted in thousands of schools from September – could cause distress to children in Reception, making them anxious and stressed. 

Lisa Richardson, of law firm Irwin Mitchell, which is representing the families, said “They are worried about the immediate distress experienced by some children in the assessment process itself, and the longer-term impact on their education of schools potentially using the feedback they will get from the assessment to label or stream children at such a young age.” 

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