Children ‘strike’ to protest SATs.

‘More than 40,000 parents have signed a petition calling for a boycott of primary school tests, which are due to be taken later this month.

Parents supporting the Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign have complained of a damaging culture of over-testing.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says taking pupils out of school "even for a day is harmful to their education".

It remains uncertain how many primary school children are being kept off school across the country, but a social media campaign has been urging parents to take children on educational activities for the day.

About 500 people gathered at Preston Park in Brighton, including children's laureate Chris Riddell.

"We should be turning children into readers with the pleasure that gives rather than relying on a testing culture," said Mr Riddell.

The campaign organisers say children are "over-tested, over-worked and in a school system that places more importance on test results and league tables than children's happiness and joy of learning".’ - BBC

‘Will any future employer ever be interested in the mark they got in their SATs? This is most definitely not an attack on our teachers and headteachers, who still do an amazing job of delivering a stimulating and creative curriculum in our schools in spite of government directives.

In previous years, I allowed my children to take SATs because I was confident that my children’s teachers would administer the tests in a low-key, stress-free manner. And they did an outstanding job.

This year I see the increased demands of unrealistically high-stakes testing in KS1 are placing an unacceptably high burden on my child’s wonderful teacher in that she must not only achieve the impossible task of teaching several years’ worth of knowledge in just a few months, but must also work so much harder to protect our children from the stress of the new KS1 tests.’ – parent interviewed in Manchester Evening News

‘Lucy Powell, the shadow education secretary, said the Department for Education (DfE) had published, updated or clarified at least one document on primary school testing every other working day since the new school year began in September.

In particular, Sats have been adjusted repeatedly. “This government is creating chaos and confusion in primary assessment in schools, with a huge number of changes to Sats specifications since children started school last September,” she said.

Separately, the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, was forced to apologise for the withdrawal of a spelling and grammar test after the paper was accidentally published online.’ - Guardian

‘Headteachers will have to decide whether to record pupil absences related to parent protests over this summer’s SATs as authorised or not and if unauthorised, whether to issue fines.

However, Members of the National Association of Headteachers executive said at the union’s annual conference in Birmingham this weekend that while it wouldn’t be “fair” for leaders to authorise absences on the grounds of protest, breaches would not necessarily lead to action against parents.’ – Schools Week

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