Fortnight to decide on Sats as union sets ballot date

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.”

The decision to hold a ballot was made at the NEU’s annual conference in Liverpool where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation when he announced that his party would abolish Sats.

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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