Boycott of Primary School Testing

28 March 2016

NUT Conference 2016

Boycott of Primary School Testing

Commenting after the debate on Motion 32, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Excessive and age-inappropriate testing of our primary school pupils is causing stress for children and concern to teachers. Much of it demands that children learn content before they are ready and nearly all of it is squeezing the life and creativity out of the curriculum.

“The Government clearly has little idea how children develop and learn. If it had it would not be taking such a chaotic and confused approach to testing in our primary schools.

“A survey of NUT primary school members showed a staggering 97% believe the system is likely to brand children as failures and 86% that it has created a curriculum that is too narrow.

“Teachers raise concerns about testing in primary schools because they care about the children they teach and the education they receive. Primary schools should be vibrant places of learning where the success of all pupils is celebrated and encouraged. We need to see an end to the tests that stifle this and their replacement with a form of assessment that is teacher-led and child friendly. 

Editor’s Note

The NUT conducted a snapshot survey of primary teachers, secondary teachers, and members in leadership roles. Please follow the links for more information.

The NUT’s Annual Conference is taking place this Easter weekend in Brighton. For the Final Agenda, please click here.