16th January 2019

Baseline assessment: out of the frying pan, into the fire

Primary school leaders will soon be faced with a dilemma. The government will be encouraging them to join a trial run of tests on four-year-olds starting school next September. Should they go along with baseline assessment as a trade-off for removing statutory testing at the end of Key Stage One? Or would this be swapping one nightmare for another, and storing up big problems for the future?

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5th December 2018

Hundreds of parents join the Big SATs Sit-in

Parents across the country joined the Big SATs Sit-in to protest against the way primary school pupils are tested.

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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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