Primary schools in England are holding half-term and Easter holiday revision classes for pupils as young as six to prepare them for standardised tests known as Sats, The Guardian is reporting.
The use of holiday “booster sessions” for pupils in year two was robustly condemned by the Department for Education (DfE) and major teaching unions, with one union leader describing them as “an extraordinarily bad idea” with no positive impact.
Chris Keates, acting general secretary of the NASUWT teachers’ union, said: “This extraordinarily bad idea has always very much been the exception rather than the rule across the primary sector. It would, therefore, beggar belief to learn that more schools are considering instituting such programmes.”
The DfE has previously said the tests will cease to be compulsory from 2023, a move supported by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which represents many primary school leaders.
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