• Corbyn: Labour will scrap SATs

    Labour will scrap SATs and abolish the new reception baseline test, Jeremy Corbyn has announced. The opposition leader told the annual conference of the National Education Union today that his party will end the “regime of extreme pressure testing” if it wins power. Labour intends to introduce a “more flexible and practical” primary assessment system

    16.20 Apr. 16th, 2019 | News

  • 2016 key stage 2 SATs: Fewer primary schools below floor standards

    Fewer primary schools fell below the new “floor standards” this year compared with last – overturning the government’s expectation that hundreds more would drop below because of the new “tougher” tests. Just 665 schools fell below the standard, according to new figures on key stage 2 assessments for 2016 released this week by the Department

    9.40 Dec. 15th, 2016 | News

  • Primary test reforms are 'some of the worst ever seen', MPs told by teachers

    The implementation of primary assessment reforms has been “some of the worst ever seen” despite “strong competition” for the label, teachers and unions told the first education select committee consultation on the issue. MPs today held the first hearing into primary test changes after teachers demanded an inquiry following numerous alterations, security breaches and even a

    14.08 Dec. 14th, 2016 | News

  • High-stakes primary testing 'puts off' pupils from learning

    A national reference test should replace high-stakes testing in primary schools because the current system does not “serve the best interests” of children, an education writer has claimed. Jack Marwood (pictured), primary school teacher and author of the Icing on the Cake blog, told delegates on Thursday that current primary school tests leave children “distressed” and

    5.00 Jul. 2nd, 2016 | News