As schools are invited to sign up to take part in this September’s pilot of the reception Baseline Assessment, campaign group More Than A Score (MTAS) is protesting against the test.
MTAS is asking parents and teachers to take part in a Chalk Protest
to raise awareness of these absurd assessments, testing children within weeks of starting school and using the results to judge schools against each other. Parents, teachers, heads and experts all agree that testing four-year-olds makes no sense, yet the Government plans to spend £10m on the scheme.
It’s easy to take part in the protest. Just chalk the message “Play Not Tests at 4” on a pavement or playground near you, take a photo and upload it to social media, using the hashtags #PlayNotTestsAt4 and #morethanascore
Meanwhile, the MTAS petition against Baseline continues to gather signatures and has now passed 40,000: please sign it and encourage other to do the same.