On Sunday, while SMS was relaxing in the sun, the Conservative’s Shadow School’s Secretary, Michael Gove, announced proposals to scrap all Sats taken by 11-year-olds in England at the end of their primary schooling. The Tories want pupils to sit national tests in the first year of secondary school, marked by their teachers. They believe that is in the best interests of pupils.
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Interesting. So the National Curriculum testing framework would more or less be fully dismantled by then. Teacher assessment at the end of KS1 and the beginning of KS2, KS3 SATs more or less irrelevant now…and remind me why we have to change school structure again?
Oh I remember now, because “they” say so, “they” being a small group of education officials, some Headteachers (many of whom do not have the full support of their staff now), and the mayor.
What happened to democracy and free speech in Bedford?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help us stop this damaging and ill-thought change.
PS We passed the 10,000 hit mark yesterday…with about 500 hits per day, around 300 unique hits per day…