We were round to dinner on Saturday with a teacher friend and her partner. She told us that her school, which is in an Ofsted “category” is under such pressure to improve its pupils’ results that seven-year-olds are being set tests of up to an hour and a half in length. Is this in the pupils’ best interests? Well, it’s safe to say this teacher thinks not. One disaffected tot apparently scribbled “I hate tests” all over a recent task. She couldn’t blame him. What a bonkers system this is.

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