5th December 2018

Parents join Big SATs Sit-in to protest testing regime

Parents across the country joined the Big SATs Sit-in to protest against the way primary school pupils are tested. From Devon to Stockton-on-Tees, they sat sample KS2 SATs papers — under test conditions — and saw for themselves the type of questions their children spend a year preparing for.

You can try the paper too and see how you fare under the pressurised test conditions faced by our children.

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9th November 2018

The insanity of baseline assessment

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then the government must be crazy to be ploughing on in their insistence on baseline tests for four-year-olds. It’s been tried – and abandoned – twice before.

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18th October 2018

An open letter to Nick Gibb MP, Schools Standard Minister

A recent report* from researchers at Newman University and Leeds Beckett University found that 85% of heads believe the phonics check should not be compulsory, while 65% of teachers believe it should be discontinued altogether. Parents agree: 80% stated that their child could already read well when they took the test and almost two-thirds believe it should be stopped.

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