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National Tests in Wales

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The gap between the testing regime in schools in England and the lighter approach in the rest of the UK widened yesterday after tests for 11 and 14-year-olds were scrapped in Wales. While pupils in England continue to take national tests in English, maths and science at seven, 11 and 14, pupils in Wales will sit a new skills test at 10, backed up by teacher assessments. The changes, announced by Wales's education minister, Jane Davidson, and welcomed by unions, are broadly in line with recommendations made by a team led by Richard Daugherty of Aberystwyth University, which reported in May.


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