SATs: MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE has been developed in consultation with school leaders, the National Education Union and other influential education experts, including representatives from the National Association of Head Teachers.

It has been endorsed by school leaders, the NEU, former Schools Minister Lord Jim Knight and other prominent educationalists.

It calls for an independent review to consider substantial reform of primary assessment and accountability, with SATs paused in the meantime.

Adding your name will increase the pressure on any future government to deliver the change needed in primary schools.

Join hundreds of primary school leaders calling for an overhaul of the current high-pressure accountability system.

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Schools and pupils need time to recover learning. Dropping statutory assessments will give them the time they need.

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Read what heads think about the effects of SATs across the whole school.

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Talking Heads: Together We Can Change The System

14th February 2024

Talking heads

Primary school leaders speak out on SATs


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2nd July 2021

The weak wall of assessment

Mark Chatley, Trust Leader, The Coppice Primary Partnership, KENT The cancellation of SATs and other assessments in 2020 and 2021 […]


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