15 December 2016
Commenting on the primary school performance tables published today, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary at the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The NUT warned the Government that this data would be unreliable. In May we wrote to the previous Education Secretary Nicky Morgan requesting a guarantee that no school will be held to account, or forced into becoming an academy, on the basis of the chaotic Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SAT tests.
“But it is also becoming clear that there simply cannot be a fair model of holding schools to account through league tables, which distort learning and put unnecessary pressure on children.
“The Government must start to listen to the concerns of the profession and the growing anger from parents whose children are being forced to endure this broken ‘exam factory’ model.”