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'Tyranny of Testing' Is Harming Teachers

Magazine article Public Finance

'Tyranny of Testing' Is Harming Teachers

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Primary school teachers are facing growing class disruption, increased workloads and pressure from the 'tyranny of testing', according to research.

The report, Teachers under pressure, by Cambridge University professors Maurice Gatton and John MacBeath, looked at teachers' experiences in primary, secondary and special education over a fiveyear period.

It found that 'successive government reforms have succeeded in progressively draining off the enthusiasm and commitment for teaching, so that the greatest professional source of satisfaction - seeing children learn - is undermined by tables, targets and the tyranny of testing/

Despite attempts by the government to reduce teachers' workload, especially administrative duties, H was uncertain whether this had benefited teachers. …

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