NUT meeting with Nick Gibb, calling for end to SATs chaos

10 May 2016

The NUT is meeting the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, tomorrow for a scheduled bilateral meeting. We will hand him scores of comments from parents and teachers about Monday’s Key Stage 2 reading test. We will also seek clarity on:

  • How the Standards and Testing Agency is to determine what Key Stage 2 marks will equate to the expected level;
  • How Government will fulfil Nicky Morgan’s statement that no more than an extra 1% of schools will be below the floor standards as a result of the new tests;
  • How the Government will fulfil Nick Gibb’s promise that results from this test will not have negative consequences for schools.

The NUT will also be seeking guarantees that:

  • Results from Key Stage 2 tests will not be published or used to label schools as ‘coasting’ or local authorities as having poor performance;
  • That the Government will instigate an immediate root-and-branch review of primary curriculum and assessment, involving the profession and concerned parties.

Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“Enough is enough. This is not just about leaked questions or answers. It is about the total chaos and confusion that primary assessment has become. Teachers are in despair about the health and well-being of their children and the damage to education brought about by these flawed tests.

“These problems would not have arisen if Government ministers had listened to the profession and parents. Of course teachers need to assess and test pupils, but assessment should be age appropriate and should not dominate the school timetable.

“Teachers and head teachers will not put up with a repetition of this in the next academic year. It is time for the profession and interested parties to meet with the Education Department and establish an appropriate curriculum and related assessment.”

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