The TES is reporting thatthe NUT’soutgoing leader has condemned the government for “turning our schools at all levels into exam factories.”
Christine Blower, used her final speech as general secretary to tell the union’s conference in Brighton that the “excessive focus on exam results” is “bad for pupils, bad for teachers and it is clearly the antithesis of what NUT members believe to be a good education”.
She also described the new baseline tests – for four and five-year-olds – as a “fiasco”…
Ms Blower said: “I want to wholeheartedly congratulate the schools which chose not to put children and teachers through it and let’s encourage very many more, perhaps all, not to engage in the voluntary but unacceptable activity next academic year.
“The notion of a school readiness check is beginning to take hold in some places. This is a notion that can be a somewhat reductionist checklist covering such attributes as “Can hold a pencil”, “Can sit still on a chair” and “understands the word No”.
“These may all be worthwhile things to know about a rising 5 year old but they cannot be, as baseline couldn’t be this year, an accountability measure for schools once those children reach the age of 11…”
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