Drop SATs and other tests to create time and space for recovery

Boris Johnson and the Department for Education are very focused on catch up and recovery right now. There’s a simple answer to ensuring the government’s recovery plan works for every child, no matter what their experience during lockdown: don’t bring back SATs and all the other formal government tests for primary-age pupils, and don’t press ahead with the introduction of English and maths tests for 4-year-olds when they first start school.

This will give our children all the time they need to bridge any gaps in learning without facing excessive “catch-up” pressure, and will allow a long overdue review of the primary testing system to take place.

Help us make sure dropping high-stakes assessment forms part of the recovery plan.

We want to make sure No.10 and the rest of Parliament truly understand what matters most now to parents, teachers, headteachers, education experts and, of course, to children themselves.

In an unprecedented move, all these parties have come together in a major new report by More Than A Score, called Drop SATs For Good: The Case For Recovery Without High-Stakes Assessment. The report also includes statements of support from the three teaching unions, as well as cross-party MPs.

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

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25th September 2020

“A powerful force and a pivotal moment”: over 200 school leaders join the Drop SATs 2021 webinar

School leaders from across the country were joined by MPs, experts and parents on the More Than A Score webinar […]


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18th August 2020

Too many tests for no good reason

Our latest research demonstrates that the majority of parents disagree with the government’s policy of using SATs and other formal tests to judge primary schools

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