Simon Birmingham responds after report recommends rollout of one-on-one interviews between child and teacher focusing on phonics and numeracy skills

Students as young as five could be tested on their literacy and numeracy as part of plan to identify struggling year 1 students, as recommended by an expert report to government.

The “light touch” check would consist of a one-on-one interview between a child and their regular teacher focusing on phonics and an as-yet undeveloped numeracy test.

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