The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan said primary children should see tests as just “part of their schooling” as she called on schools to stop staging celebrations such as “after-test parties”.
Ms Morgan made the statement as she announced her intention to look at introducing more “robust and rigorous” assessments at key stage 1, which many believe could mark the return of national testing.
The announcement been met with significant opposition from teaching unions, which warned that the changes would be “educationally harmful”.
But defending her decision, Ms Morgan insisted tests should be seen as a normal part of school life and she urged parents not to build up expectations around them by staging events like “after-test parties”.
“They are not exams, they are tests. There are ways for schools and parents to manage that,” she told an event staged by the thinktank Policy Exchange.
“When my son did his KS1 tests he didn’t know he’d taken them until afterwards.
“It’s the same when we get to the end of primary. I don’t want to see after-test parties being held. I want it to be something that children take as part of their schooling…”
Is there any merit in the suggestion from Nicky Morgan that schools are unnecessarily upping the ante and creating pressure on children by making primary tests a bigger deal for them than should be the case?
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