I was asked by a young mum why her daughter's teacher would not tell her what her child's position in the class was. Her child is aged 5. Her argument is that she felt in the dark about her own child's ability and had no feel for it. This mother does not have an academic background and probably feels she does not have the tools to measure this herself. She feels very frustrated about it. I don't know if this is what happens in all schools now or just this school. When my daughter was 5, we were told that she had a reading age of 8, I would be interested to know how primary professionals would comment on this.