1 May 2017
Commenting on the report by the Commons Education Select Committee report Primary Assessment, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“The NUT welcomes this report. It lays the basis for a serious conversation about primary assessment, going well beyond the narrow limits of the DfE’s current consultation. The committee's judgment that 'this high stakes system does not improve teaching and learning' coincides exactly with the message that teachers and parents have been sending to Government. Its rejection of statutory tests in spelling, grammar and punctuation, its concern for creativity in writing and for a broad and balanced curriculum, are all welcome.
“The report's publication shows that the deep unhappiness of parents and teachers about primary assessment is now reaching the higher levels of politics. The case for the current system has been demolished: it is riddled with problems and cannot continue. If the next Government does not grasp the scale and the scope of the problems identified by the Committee, then it will face a rising opposition, armed with the arguments that are presented in this report.”