Parents’ toolkit

We know that children are More Than A Score and, with your help, we can change the way pupils are assessed and schools are judged.

Standardised assessment damages children’s education, places additional pressures on teachers, pupils and parents and provides no useful information on how well a school performs.

Children in England are now among the most tested in the world. Within two years, standardised assessments will be taking place in reception classes (Baseline), Year 1 (phonics checks), Year 2 (KS1 SATs), Year 4 (times tables checks) and, finally, in Year 6 (KS2 SATs).

Whatever the age of your child, you can take practical steps to spread the word and oppose the current regime. This toolkit includes advice, ideas and resources to make our voices heard.

Share your story

We are always looking for stories from parents and families about their experiences with SATs and other assessments. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if your child took part in the trial of English and maths tests in reception classes in Autumn 2018.

If you would like to write a blog for the More Than A Score website, or be interviewed or filmed, please get in touch

Spread the news

Ask your friends and other parents to visit the More Than a Score website to find out what we’re doing to change the way our children are tested.

Visit our social media sites facebook.com/morethanascore and twitter.com/morethanscore and share our updates and news with friends and family.

Make sure that parents in your child’s class are aware of scheduled testing in their school year. You may then want to approach the school with your concerns, either individually or as a group.

You might want to connect with other parents and form a group.

Our partners have some great networks:

LET OUR KIDS BE KIDS
KEEPING EARLY YEARS UNIQUE

If you have not signed our petition opposing the introduction of testing for four-year-olds, you can do so by clicking here

Once you’ve signed, please also spread the word with your friends and family.

Talk to your child’s head teacher

Depending on how well you know your child’s headteacher, you can arrange to meet with them, or write a letter outlining your concerns. You could use one of the template letters below, depending on the age of your child.

When you talk with your child’s head teacher, it’s important to remember that they are also under a lot of pressure because of standardised testing. SATs are used as away of judging their school’s performance and they are expected to administer the tests and achieve good results.

A good way to start the conversation is to ask for their opinion on assessment systems and what methods they think work best.

If they agree with your views, you can point them in the direction of More Than a Score and ask for their support.

You and the head might be interested to read about the alternatives to SATs, in our book, Beyond the exam factory. It can be downloaded below.

Get in touch with your MP

We want the government and opposition parties to pay attention to how we feel about the current testing system. One of the best ways to do this is to write to your MP letting them know your views.

You can use the template letter below to get you started. When you’re writing, please do let them know about your own circumstances and the effects on your family. You could even include a note or a drawing from your child.

You can send your letter using writetothem.com or find your MP’s address on www.parliament.uk

Hold a meeting within your community

Get together with other parents and members of the local community to help spread the word about your opposition to standardised testing. We have lots of resources to help you set up a meeting:

  • Screen our campaign films, Why I’m taking my son out of SATs and The school that said no to SATs.
  • Bring pens and paper and copies of our templates to write your own letters to headteachers, MPs and local newspapers.
  • Ask attendees to sign up for More Than A Score updates
  • Invite your local newspaper to attend the event to hear your views.

If you need funding to hire a local community space to host your event, please get in touch with us at: campaign@morethanascore.org.uk

Parents’ toolkit downloads


Letters

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Template letter to MP

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SATs letter to Heads

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Baseline letter to Heads

Book

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Beyond the Exam Factory

Campaign film

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Why I’m taking my son out of SATs

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The school that said no to SATs

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