Why targets, tables and 5 year olds don’t mix

There are many examples of targets causing the UK education system to fail, but how about a new test that has actually been designed to label two-thirds of our 5 year olds as failures? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the “Phonics Check”, due to be taken for the first time this month. Teachers believe that it is already having a negative impact on the self-esteem of pupils and is taking the fun out of learning to read. So how did it come to this? Continue reading