As calls for a boycott on the exams grow, parents are urging headteachers to put their “duty of care ahead of accountability data” and to play an “active part in fighting back against this system”.
The Independent revealed last month that more than 5,500 parents downloaded a letter which sets out plans to withdraw their 10 and 11-year-old children from the Sats when they take place in a fortnight’s time.
Mother Sam Ashton said her “heart sank” when she read a letter from her daughters’ head which said all children should take the Sats tests – and even unwell children should sit the exams.
The correspondence, from East Wittering Community Primary School, in West Sussex, said ill children could take the test with a first aider – and a scribe would be provided for children who had broken a limb.
She told The Independent: “As a parent it is quite distressing to see that in black and white.”
Susan Parker, headteacher of the primary school, said: “Our parents and carers have appreciated the support we are able to offer including extra first aiders on hand if needed.
“I want to make sure parents are aware that I am not allowed to authorise absences during statutory exams but I also try to reassure them that extra support is available if needed.”
A letter from More Than A Score coalition – which represents 18 education and parents’ organisations –is calling on heads to support them with the boycott – has been sent ahead of the annual conference of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) on Friday.
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