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Dear Nicky Morgan: ‘We are writing with grave concern...’

So begins the letter sent by nine primary headteachers from a local network of schools in north London. Their concerns centre around primary assessment and testing and they’re not the only ones to feel this way...

The new education White Paper makes it clear. In the face of greater autonomy, accountability is to be sharpened too. For primary schools this has meant a new assessment system focusing on progress and “highlighting where a school is doing better for a child than the same child would have done elsewhere”.

It is an ambitious aspiration and one that some primary headteachers in Muswell Hill and Highgate feel is putting undue pressure on them and their children. So much so that between them they penned a letter to education secretary Nicky Morgan, copied to schools minister Nick Gibb, to outline their feelings.

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