Primary school is a time for self-discovery, building confidence and nourishing potential. But pupils in England are being let down by a system obsessed with league tables and turning children into data points, denying them a broad, stimulating education at key stages in their development. This regime shows little concern for their wellbeing and mental health, but lockdown has taken it from bad to worse, ramping up the burden on pupils, parents and teachers alike.
Despite months of stress, disruption and, in many cases, the distress of illness and bereavement, the government has decided to press on with making young children sit formal tests this school year. Instead of making sure children are settled and enjoying a broad range of subjects, teachers will be forced to ‘teach to the test’, and the curriculum will be narrowed to just English and maths.
But More Than A Score believes there’s another way. We’re a growing coalition of parents, teachers, headteachers, governors and education experts working together for change in the government’s over-testing regime.
Join us and demonstrate your opposition to high-stakes, high-pressure testing of young children by getting behind the Drop SATs 2021 campaign to cancel all government tests in 2020 and 2021.
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.
More Than A Score is about parents and teachers coming together to change a system that doesn’t work.
18th August 2020
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
20th July 2020
On 15th July the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) revealed proposals to make primary schools in England conduct the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) in the autumn term of Year 2, for children aged 6/7. The PSC is usually done in the summer term of Year 1, but these children missed the Check because of school closures.