Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the British Educational Research Association (BERA) report A Baseline without Basis.
“The National Education Union welcomes this timely and authoritative report. BERA’s expert panel has demonstrated that the Government’s plans for baseline assessment are built on wishful thinking, not evidence. The Department for Education will spend nearly £10 million on introducing tests of four- and five-year olds that cannot produce reliable results, and will not help teachers support children in their learning. This is a gross misuse of resources. The Department must respond to BERA’s detailed critique, and withdraw its wasteful and unjustifiable plans.”