Let’s test 4 years olds – err – perhaps not.

Okay you parents and grandparents out there. When your 4 year old starts school in September 2015, this crazy government wants your child to be ‘tested’ – one to one with a teacher. When this was tried in Wales (and defeated by Welsh teachers), the handbook accompanying the testing process was 148 pages long.

The result of the ‘test’ is electronically sent to central government and stored to measure the child’s progress, the school’s performance and individual teacher’s performance.

The first few weeks of a child’s start in school should be about learning to settle into this new world. They need reassurance; care. They need to be happy!!

At the NUT Conference today in Harrogate we voted to boycott these tests. I hope you agree this was a good decision.

Joy should lie at the heart of early years education. Children need to discover the joy of learning, not the trial of testing.

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