In the midst of a pandemic, schools do not need the added pressure of statutory assessments. Join hundreds of school leaders calling for the cancellation of all formal tests in 2020/21.

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Calling school leaders: support the Drop SATS 2021 campaign

In the midst of a pandemic, statutory assessments such as SATs, the Phonics Screening Check, and the Multiplication Tables Check are a wholly inappropriate way to assess young children and their schools. Instead, we believe, teacher-led assessments provide all the information needed to identify learning gaps, bridge those gaps, and ensure a smooth transition to secondary school.

Obviously, schools need to be held accountable, but basing performance on one-size-fits-all tests taken by youngsters in middle of the Covid-19 crisis will produce only meaningless data. It will also put unnecessary pressure on children who have been through enough.

Please join school leaders across the country calling for all statutory assessments to be cancelled in the 2020/21 school year. There are a number of ways you can support the campaign:

  • Please join our 200+ school leaders network
  • Together with a group of heads, we have created a brief, powerful statement calling for the government to drop statutory tests in 2020/21. You can share this with your governing body, school leader network and parents.
  • Sign and share our DROP SATS 2021 petition
  • If you’re active on social media then please make sure you’re following MTAS and share our posts on Facebook and Twitter

Watch the webinar

Over 200 school leaders joined MPs and experts to discuss our Drop SATs 2021 campaign.

Download the statement

Our school leaders statement calls for all statutory tests to be cancelled in 2020/21. Created with a group of heads, it can be shared with your governing body, parents, and networks.

Sign up here

Our 200+ and growing school leaders core supporters group receives updates on our activity and provides vital input to the campaign.


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The evidence

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The evidence against the current system of standardised assessment is growing.  Academics and educators agree: the regime is not fit for purpose.

The alternatives

Download the book

There are alternatives to the current regime and the time is right for debate among heads, governors, parents, politicians and parents. Our contribution is Beyond the Exam Factory, a book bringing together experience and expertise from England and internationally.

Drop SATs 2021

Sign the petition

If you believe that the current testing regimen is doing nothing to help children and staff after a destabilising and anxious period away from school, sign up to our #DropSATs2021 campaign

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