Pupils and schools deserve better than the current standardised testing regime.
As teachers are at the frontline of administering SATs and other tests, you know the burden they place on pupils, and that they can’t paint a true picture of a child’s abilities.
As the government moves to introduce baseline assessment for reception pupils and times tables checks for Year 4, the pressure on teachers, pupils and schools is only going to increase.
The time has come to have a substantial, informed debate about the assessment system. This toolkit contains ideas and resources to help make your voice heard.
If you would like to get in touch with other teachers who share your concerns about standardised testing, please let us know and we can connect you with like-minded peers.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re interested in learning more about alternatives to the current system, you can download our book, Beyond the Exam Factory, via the link below.
We are always looking for stories from teachers about their experiences with SATs and other standardised assessments. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you would like to share your views about the introduction of baseline assessment.
If you would like to write a blog for the More Than A Score website, or be interviewed or filmed, please get in touch
Getting in touch with your pupils’ parents to show that their child is More Than A Score is a reassuring and supportive way to counter any pressure or anxiety they are experiencing because of assessment.
Discuss with your head how you can best communicate with parents and pupils.
We want the government and opposition parties to pay attention to how we feel about the current testing system. The views of heads are vital in this debate and writing to your MP will make your voice heard.
There is a template letter below. When you’re writing, please do let them know about the effect of standardised testing on your pupils, and on teachers’ morale.