18th October 2018

An open letter to Nick Gibb MP, Schools Standard Minister

A recent report* from researchers at Newman University and Leeds Beckett University found that 85% of heads believe the phonics check should not be compulsory, while 65% of teachers believe it should be discontinued altogether. Parents agree: 80% stated that their child could already read well when they took the test and almost two-thirds believe it should be stopped.

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27th September 2018

Heads, teachers and parents agree: the phonics check is nonsense

As the Department for Education announces the results of this year’s phonics screening check, new research reveals that heads, teachers and parents overwhelmingly oppose the controversial reading test for six-year-olds.

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1st October 2018

Testing four-year-olds makes no sense

The government’s plans for assessment in reception classes have been dealt another blow. Thirteen organisations were briefed on the roll-out but only one tendered for the project. Watch our video to hear what teachers have to say about baseline assessment.

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