|Too Much, Too Soon Campaign||
'What is being required of young children in England is unreasonable,
developmentally unsound and potentially harmful'
See our recent letter to the party leaders
See our response to the government's announcement on Baseline Asssessment
To Michael Wilshaw's Ofsted letter
and to two year olds in schools
Of 1,063 responses to the DfE’s question, in its July “consultation” as to whether the principles of that paper were right, 57 per cent said no, with only 18 per cent in favour. Yet the thrust of the proposals are unchanged.
Some 51 per cent replied that there should not be a baseline check at the start of reception, against 34 per cent in favour, with the detailed concerns of expert groups not even mentioned. Yet it is happening.
Similarly, 73 per cent of consultees came out against allowing schools to choose from commercially available baseline assessments, compared to 12 per cent in favour. Again, it is happening.
And 68 per cent said that if the baseline assessments were to happen, they should not be made optional, against 19 per cent who said they should. They are being made optional.
Julian Grenier talking about the Primary Assessment and accountability consultation