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Protests against 4 year old testing.

Protests against 4 year old testing.

Protesters cuddling teddy bears, eating crisps, wearing pink tutus and banging tambourines have delivered a petition with 68,000 signatures to No 10, calling on the government to scrap plans to introduce standardised assessment for children in reception class.

The “march of the four-year-olds” began in Parliament Square on Thursday with a gentle sing-song and some chalk drawing on the pavement. Then, they ambled hand-in-hand towards Downing Street, where Alex, Safa and Isla – all aged four – went through a line of heavily armed police to hand over the document.

Organised by More Than a Score, a campaign group comprised of parents, teachers and education experts who believe children are overtested in England, the march attracted more than 200 parents, toddlers, teachers and early years experts from across the country, including Durham, Devon, Cornwall, Sheffield, Liverpool and Stafford.

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