The Department for Education plans to spend £10 million making England the first country in the world to put four-year-old children through exams. Overwhelmingly the evidence, and consensus from experts around the world, says these kinds of tests on young children are both pointless and damaging.
If so-called Baseline Assessment goes ahead in 2020, every four-year-old will be tested in their first six weeks in school, using a 20-minute one-to-one test. The results will inevitably be unreliable, as two previous expensive and abandoned trials proved.
At four years old, children are just too young for this kind of high-stakes testing.