The current system is “inhibiting children’s learning”, with revision classes “dominating the timetable”, according to the More than a Score campaign. ITV reports
Schools minister Nick Gibb said the Key Stage 2 tests “play a vital role” in ensuring children have a good grounding in reading, writing and maths, and the government “trusts schools not to put undue pressure on pupils”.
More than a Score spokeswoman, Madeleine Holt, said: “Surely learning is about more than getting a perfect score on a test? Children need a broad and rich curriculum that encourages them to be excited about learning, not terrified of failing at such a young age.
“With the status of a school and teachers’ pay so linked to SATs results, it’s no wonder so many are teaching to the test. The SATs regime is inhibiting children’s learning as SATs revision begins to dominate the timetable.
“Our primary school children in England are already some of the most tested in the world. This results in stress and anxiety in children, narrows the curriculum and distracts teachers from doing their job: teaching.”
Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said “NAHT would like to see less testing in primary schools overall, leaving more time and space for a broad range of subjects and activities in the school day so that children’s opportunities are not limited.”
Nick Gibb said: “I wish pupils all the very best as they prepare to sit the key stage 2 tests and I look forward to celebrating their success in the summer.”
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