Children are More Than A Score

Primary school is a time for self-discovery, building confidence and nourishing potential. But primary school children in England are among the most tested in the world.

Our system is obsessed with league tables, turning children into data points and denying them a broad, stimulating education at key stages in their development. It puts an unnecessary burden on children, parents and teachers alike.

More Than a Score believes there is another way. We’re a growing coalition of parents, teachers, heads and education experts, working together to call for change in the government’s over-testing regime.

Find out more about what we can do together to show that children are More Than A Score.


5th December 2018

Hundreds of parents join the Big SATs Sit-in

Parents across the country joined the Big SATs Sit-in to protest against the way primary school pupils are tested. From […]


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5th December 2018

Parents join Big SATs Sit-in to protest testing regime

Parents across the country joined the Big SATs Sit-in to protest against the way primary school pupils are tested. From Devon to Stockton-on-Tees, they sat sample KS2 SATs papers — under test conditions — and saw for themselves the type of questions their children spend a year preparing for. You can try the paper too and see how you fare under the pressurised test conditions faced by our children.


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18th October 2018

An open letter to Nick Gibb MP, Schools Standard Minister

A recent report* from researchers at Newman University and Leeds Beckett University found that 85% of heads believe the phonics check should not be compulsory, while 65% of teachers believe it should be discontinued altogether. Parents agree: 80% stated that their child could already read well when they took the test and almost two-thirds believe it should be stopped.


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27th September 2018

Heads, teachers and parents agree: the phonics check is nonsense

As the Department for Education announces the results of this year’s phonics screening check, new research reveals that heads, teachers and parents overwhelmingly oppose the controversial reading test for six-year-olds.


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Calling headteachers


Are you one of a growing number of heads who believe that the government’s standardised testing regime is not fit for purpose? Find out more and add your voice to our campaign.

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More Than A Score is about parents and teachers coming together to change a system that doesn’t work.

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Stop testing 4 year olds


This term, the government begins trials of its new English and maths tests for four-year-olds. Sign our petition to stop the roll-out of testing for reception children.

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