Primary schools in England hold half-term Sats revision classes

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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  1. Blaming SATs and excessive accountability demands for this development is missing an important point. It takes parents, teachers and heads to set this practice in motion. Presumably all three groups that buy into the idea value this as an important opportunity for children. It isn’t!
    Parents may be forgiven for succumbing to decades of exaggerated claims and manipulation of truth by government ministers, including PMs, about how these tests and assessments are ‘crucial’ to the future of their child. It has been clear since their inception, to those of us who refused to believe the emperor was clothed, that the test outcomes have no significance to a child’s future. But what of teachers and heads complicity?
    There are serious concerns that experienced professionals who are prepared to support this practice are misguided or, even worse, in dereliction of their duty of care to children. At the heart of this move is a knee-jerk reaction to the fear that testing and Ofsted inspection outcomes are having on teachers’ wellbeing. This is why the final culprits in this grossly unreasonable response to political pressure on the system, expose themselves to censure. The teacher unions, who have a duty of care to their members, compound the failure to protect children by their lack of involvement. Their stance on this and a range of other questionable government initiatives over education lacks clear leadership as the Guardian article clearly identifies.

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