Education Policy

When should children start school and be tested?

Rebecca, a mum with primary school aged children, asks when is the best time to start formal learning at school.  She also asks about testing and whether early success or failure affects a child’s future school career.

Professor Dominic Wyse talks about primary school tests and their impact on children.  He gives advice to parents about how to help children cope with tests.

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Assessment

What effect does assessment have on children?

Jen is concerned about the increasing burden of assessment on children, as her child moves from nursery to primary school.

Dr Tina Isaacs argues that assessment has benefits for children but it is the adults who are more anxious about it.  She talks about assessment in primary schools and also at the secondary stages.  She explains how and when testing matters for children and for teachers and schools.

 

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