Stop turning schools into ‘exam factories’, urges union

This is Lancashire is reporting a call by the Bolton branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) for the Government to stop turning schools into ‘exam factories’, following the introduction of SATs for six and seven-year-olds. 

Ms Simpkins said: “Parents are seeing the stress testing is causing their children.

“Countries like North Korea have shot up the Pisa rankings (which compare the test results of 15-year-olds in countries) but the number of children committing suicide in those countries has also risen.

“Parents are very concerned about testing and want children to be children and let them enjoy school rather than sending them to exam factories.”

Ms Simpkins said that the axing of the controversial baseline tests proved testing wasn’t the answer. She added a number of countries which had a successful school system did not have a primary school testing regime.

She said: “The Government will not look at the successful school system in Finland, they are hell bent on testing.”

Mr Riddell, a writer and illustrator, said: “Sats testing for seven-year-olds is an important issue. I do not think some of the questions about testing have been fully explained and there are legitimate concerns about the validity and value of testing at this age.”

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  1. Most countries do not tests pupils as excessively and at such a young age as in England.

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