16th March 2020

Campaign group calls on the government to Stop SATs 2020

Statement from Madeleine Holt from campaign group, More Than A Score:

“The government should immediately call a halt to this year’s KS2 SATs taken by year 6 pupils. Most obviously and importantly, many children and teachers will be unwell in May, some very seriously.

“At this time of uncertainty and upheaval, schools have better things to do than preparing children for these tests. They should not be diverting vital time and resources to managing a week of tests under exam conditions. Parents — especially those on low or uncertain income — have many other issues to manage. And pupils should not be feeling the pressure to do well in tests when everything else around them is so unsettled.

“We are also calling on the government to suspend the other statutory tests taken by primary age children in the Summer term: the year 1 KS1 tests; the year 2 phonics check and the year 4 multiplication tables check. It would send a clear message from the government that they are putting children’s well-being first.”

More Than A Score is a coalition of parents, teachers, heads and education experts working to change statutory assessment in primary schools.


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