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Teaching unions have called on schools to boycott tests for four-year-olds claiming they can damage self-esteem and make children cry.
Campaigners say the government’s new ‘baseline assessments’ can be ‘damaging’ to children who are not ready for the literacy and numeracy checks.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said pupils had been left tearful and frustrated by the tests.
The assessments are taken by infants just weeks after they start school, to allow the government to see how far they have progressed by the time they leave.
They are intended as a way to measure performance of schools – rather than pupils – but teachers say the experience is too stressful for such young children.
Around 2,000 schools in England already failed to administer the tests last autumn, when they were trialled for the first time.
The checks, which are officially introduced this September, are technically optional, and the unions urged more schools to boycott them.
NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: ‘One of the things that we do have a genuine concern about is what the effect of this is on children.