Tes is reporting that the NEU teaching union has announced it will hold an indicative ballot on June 4 in which it will test the water among primary school members on whether to go ahead with a full ballot over banning the high-stakes summative testing.
Around 600,000 ten and 11-year-olds took the KS2 Sats tests in reading, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag) last week and a further 600,000 six and seven-year-olds will take the KS1 tests in maths and reading during May.
In a tweet today the NEU stated: “The tests are about comparing schools, not assessing children in a way which helps teachers support their learning. @NEUnion will ballot its primary members on 4 June to say enough is enough. #TooMuchTesting.”
In an exclusive interview with Tes, Ofqual chair Roger Taylor said that primary assessment was needed so the public could be “confident” that taxpayers’ money was being well spent.
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