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Teacher concern over new reading test

26 Mar 2012

The Government's new reading test for six-year-olds could face a boycott from teachers.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is expected to warn at their annual conference next month that the check is ''unnecessary and inappropriate''. The union is due to discuss a motion which contains an amendment calling for a campaign against the test, including a ballot for a boycott if the results are used in league tables.

Ministers announced plans for the test at the end of last year amid concerns that children with poor reading skills were slipping through the net.

The test is based on phonics, a system which focuses on sounds rather than recognising whole words, and has been promoted by government as the best way to boost reading standards.  Pupils are asked to sound out or decode a series of words, some of which are made up, to test their reading skills.

Read more at The Telegraph.

Tags: Children, Early Years, Schools & teaching

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