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