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New testing for 4 year olds.

New testing for 4 year olds.

Sophia is four and shy, especially around strangers. In September she starts school and Hayley Phillips, her mother, already worried about how her daughter will settle in, has found out she will have to sit a test.

In the first six weeks of the new school year, four- and five-year-olds in nearly 10,000 schools, about half of the primary schools in England, will be taken out of class and asked questions for the new reception baseline assessment (RBA).

Phillips knew to ask about the assessments because she is a teacher at another school, but most parents will be unaware they are happening. Parents have no legal right to know – according to the Department for Education (DfE), it is up to the discretion of the individual schools whether to inform them.

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