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SATs are critically flawed - ATL

Primary assessments and the way they are used to hold schools to account are critically flawed and our children deserve better, says Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

We need to broaden the debate around primary assessment

Yesterday, the government finally published its long-awaited consultation on primary assessment. There is a lot in there and I fully recommend everyone with an interest in the topic reads the document in its entirety and responds.

ATL comment on primary assessment proposals

Commenting on the Government’s proposals for primary assessments, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “ATL welcomes today’s proposals that could see the end of national tests for seven-year-olds.
Motion #43
Wed, 2017

THAT Conference notes its decision in 2015 that the Government should repeal the forced retaking of maths and English GCSEs at 16+ for students who have not achieved a C grade.

Further, Conference asks the Executive Committee to:

Motion #42
Wed, 2017
  • Inner London

THAT Conference is concerned that yet again changes have been made to assessment arrangements that have not been thought through or had time to progress through the education system.

Motion #41
Wed, 2017
  • Inner London

THAT Conference is very concerned at the increasing pressure that comes from national tests in primary schools. Children are suffering stress and a narrowing of the curriculum while teachers are being judged on test results, not on the quality of teaching.

Motion #40
Wed, 2017
  • Essex, Southend & Thurrock

THAT Conference believes that the KS2 primary assessment for 2016 was not fit for purpose, being:

(a) inappropriate as a summative assessment of learning

(b) ineffective as a general measure of aptitude

(c) ill-designed for evaluating quality of teaching

You've been speaking out on baseline. The NEU would make your voice stronger

In the next few weeks we expect the Government to publish the consultation on assessment in primary schools that Justine Greening promised back in October.

PISA – what’s the point?

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds. But are the results meaningful?

A happy New Year for primary assessment?

This time twelve months ago, then Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan decided to mark the New Year by announcing a new primary assessment: the multiplication check.