A group of 4 year olds stopped off at Downing Street today, to handover a petition with 65,000 signatures on it. The pre-schoolers were joined by MPs on their march through Westminster, calling on the government to scrap plans to introduce tests for reception age children. Current proposals will see baseline exams become mandatory by 2020 -with trials beginning this September.
In response a spokesperson Department for Education has said:
“The reception baseline assessment is not a test. It does not have a pass mark, and there is no reason for parents or teachers to prepare pupils ahead of the assessment, which has been carefully designed with children in mind.
“Carried out in the right way, children should not even be aware an assessment is taking place. It will simply provide a vital starting point to measure how well primary schools are doing to make sure all children reach their potential.”