Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“This is a significant setback for the Government’s test-driven approach to primary education. In 2015, more than 80% of schools signed up for the DfE’s baseline assessment pilot. This time round that figure has fallen to 57%. There is evidently a widespread scepticism in primary schools about the value of baseline, and a concern for its impact on pupils and on the Early Years curriculum. Educators do not want new tests in primary schools - they want an end to the current system of primary assessment.”

* https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-schools-to-pilot-new-reception-class-check-up