Primary schools could boycott SATs next year

The TES is reporting that primary schools could refuse to let students sit their SATs exams next year if discussions with government are not productive.

Headteachers are warning ministers that they could boycott Sats next year unless significant changes to primary assessment begin in the next few weeks. Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT headteachers’ union, has been outspoken about the “chaos and confusion” of this year’s tougher key stage 2 tests.

Now he wants the Department for Education to take action on three key issues before half-term, including rethinking proposals for resits in Year 7, redesigning the reading test and addressing concerns about the use of “secure fit” rather than “best fit” on the writing assessment.

Mr Hobby added: “The long-term picture is to sit down and discuss a more coherent strategy for assessment that could take years to come to fruition. But in the short term there are very serious concerns. A boycott remains a possibility for 2017 if discussions with the government are not fruitful.”

The NAHT’s position is being backed by other teaching unions. Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL, said: “The current regime is not fair, valid or reliable. We would be prepared to look at a boycott.

“The KS2 tests last year were a shambles.”

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  1. Sats have no educational value.  Their sole purpose is to judge schools.    Of course schools should boycott them. Time spent on preparing pupils for Sats is time better spent on wider education.

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