Parents ‘more concerned about pupil happiness than test results’

ITV is reporting that parents would rather primary schools were judged on pupils’ happiness than test results, according to new research.

The report, based on a survey of more than 2,000 parents, also finds that many do not choose primary schools for their children using test results.

The More Than A Score campaign group, which commissioned the poll, said the findings show the education system should focus on developing skills and cultivating a love of learning in children rather than “cramming them with facts”.

Primary school SATs have long been controversial, with critics arguing that they put too much pressure on young children, while supporters say they help identify pupils who need assistance and ensure schools are helping youngsters grasp the basics.

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