“We warmly welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement on primary assessment at the NEU Conference, and also the remarks yesterday from Layla Moran of the Liberal Democrats.
“We’ve now reached a tipping-point as parents, teachers, heads, education experts and politicians agree: the current testing regime makes no sense and is damaging for pupils, teachers and schools.
“Parents of children preparing for year 6 SATs in just a few weeks’ time will have seen the effects for themselves: a narrowed curriculum and unnecessary pressure on pupils and teachers. Meanwhile, parents of pre-schoolers are now facing the prospect of four-year-olds being tested in English and maths when they start school from next year.
“Our most recent research showed that 93% of heads and primary school leaders believe there should be a change to the existing system which currently cares more about measurement than our children’s education.
“It doesn’t have to be this way. There are more supportive ways to assess children and fairer ways to measure schools, without the need to turn children into data-points.
“It’s time to listen to the teachers who know our children best. It’s time to stop ignoring the opinions of education experts. It’s time for parents, teachers, heads and politicians to stand together to change the system.”
More Than A Score is a coalition of parents, teachers, heads and education experts campaigning for a review of the current standardised assessment system in primary schools in England. www.morethanascore.org.uk