Tests for four year olds unreliable and disruptive
As mums, it is one of our top priorities to make sure that our children are happy and settled at school, especially if they are just starting out at the age of four. Now a report has found that new tests designed for four year olds will be unreliable and disruptive as they will distract teachers from getting to know their new pupils who are just beginning to settle in. The tests will be brought into schools from this September and will measure children’s basic reading, writing and numeracy ability, as well as social and emotional development.
How could the tests affect your little ones if they will be starting school in September? The aim of the tests will be to compare a child’s level of development when they start primary school and when they finish to see how much progress they’ve made by the time they leave. The tests will be carried out on a one-to-one basis, with teachers asking children questions from a checklist. However, if your child is just four years old, it may be the first time that they’ve been away from you for a whole day, so would they be confident answering numeracy and literacy questions asked by a stranger?