Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Scrap Sats, Say Teachers - but Pupils Beg to Differ

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Scrap Sats, Say Teachers - but Pupils Beg to Differ

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Parents also back stopping primary tests, in poll by TES, Mumsnet and First News

Most teachers and parents want primary school Sats scrapped, but more than half of pupils think the tests should stay, exclusive new surveys reveal.

The results came as 10- and 11-year-olds took tests this week in an atmosphere of increasing anger over the government's handling of the new primary assessment.

Teachers' leaders warned the system had descended into a chaotic "shambles", with a paper leaked online hours before it was taken.

Now, joint polling by TES, Mumsnet and First News, the newspaper for children, reveals that 89 per cent of teachers want the Sats abolished, and 68 per cent of parents agree. But, in contrast, 56 per cent of pupils want to keep the tests.

Russell Hobby, NAHT general secretary of, said: "When parents, children, teachers and school leaders are raising concerns, the government should listen.

"Massive, rushed and chaotic reforms have eroded confidence, consent and capacity in the system. Schools and parents cannot face another year of assessment chaos."

Unions are increasingly determined that a full rethink of the primary assessment system is carried out - before more planned changes are introduced.

Christine Blower, the general secretary of the NUT teaching union, was due to meet the schools minister Nick Gibb on Wednesday, where she said she would call for an "immediate root-and-branch review of primary curriculum and assessment".

As well as the changes this year, the government has already floated plans for new multiplication tables tests, key stage 1 tests and Year 7 resits of key stage 2 Sats. …

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