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High Stakes Testing in Schools and the Mental Wellbeing of Children.

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We want an assessment system that actively supports primary children in their learning, and promotes excellent educational practice.

The government is further away than ever from creating such a system.

In September, the Department for Education published a ‘response to consultation’ which laid down what it hopes will be the system for the next ten years. The DfE intends that:

  • Key Stage 2 SATs will remain compulsory
  • Key Stage 1 SATs will be compulsory until 2022, and after that will still
    be available for schools to use
  • From 2020, a new baseline assessment will be introduced for 4-year-
    olds
  • The Phonics Check will remain, and a new multiplication check will be
    introduced in Year 4

Starting in 2017/18 there will be changes to the framework for teachers’ assessment of children’s writing, to make marking more flexible.

This isn’t good for children, and it isn’t what teachers and parents want. It is a system which favours teaching to the test, and which narrows the curriculum down to what can be tested, no matter what the consequences for children’s well-being. It is more about producing scores, and holding schools accountable for them, than about promoting and sustaining learning.

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  • Louise Regan - National Education Union, President
  • Terry Wrigley - Reclaiming Schools, ITT Lecturer
  • Lauren Stocks - Student
  • Alan Gibbons - Author
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