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.
Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or just someone who cares about education and has something to get off your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.
We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!