Fears that new tests will damage four-year-olds ‘unfounded’

Contentious assessments quietly go ahead despite parents’ concerns and legal challenge

With studious concentration the four-year-old lines up blue plastic bears and counts to five. Then she points to grass in a picture and recognises the letter “g”.

She is one of the first children to take the government’s new reception baseline assessments for four and five-year-olds piloted in 9,000 schools and nurseries in England over the past six weeks.

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