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Report: Thousands begin SATs tests

Thousands of ten and eleven year olds in the Midlands have today begun sitting their national curriculum tests, better known as SATs.

This year's papers are tougher than previous ones, and some people say they're putting too much pressure on children so young.

One mother has told ITV News Central her son is self-harming because of the stress, she's so angry she's written to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne reports:

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Ofsted response over nursery inspection

Town and Country Kiddies Nursery

Ofsted has released a statement in which it confirms its inspection report of the Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Lincolnshire has been removed from its website.

The nursery, in Market Rasen, was downgraded from "outstanding" to "good" by Ofsted and told it was not providing enough opportunities for its children to "learn about people who are different to themselves". Parents said it was an example of "politically-correct nonsense".

We are aware of the concerns around our inspection of Town and Country Kiddies Nursery, and have taken the report down from our website while we look into the matter.

All early years providers must follow the statutory guidance as directed by the Department for Education, which includes ‘guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment’.

The guidance goes on to state that children should ‘know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions’. Inspectors have a duty to follow these guidelines during every inspection and will naturally reference them in their reports.

– Ofsted spokesperson
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