Wales Online are reporting that according to teachers in Wales, national reading and numeracy tests are a negative experience for pupils.
A poll conducted by Welsh teachers’ union NUT Cymru found that 98% of respondents did not believe the controversial external tests were a positive experience for pupils.
One teacher who responded to the survey said: “I want to hang my head in shame for what I’m doing to the mental health of the children in my care.”
Statutory for all learners in Wales aged seven to 14, national reading and numeracy tests were introduced in 2013 to help teachers monitor pupil progress in key skills.
David Evans, secretary for NUT Cymru, said: “Once again we see an alarming level of anger and frustration from teachers when asked about the impact of these tests on pupils and on their working conditions.”
“Perhaps the most depressing evidence is the anecdotal feedback from teachers in regards to the impact those tests have on their pupils.”
“Children are being left demoralised, in tears and with low self-esteem. This is not the outcome any teacher or parent wants to see and it is certainly one of the reasons cited by teachers for considering leaving the profession.”
Do you agree with the national reading and numeracy tests? How have your students been affected by these? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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