SATS boycott to go ahead

21 Apr 2010

The leaderships of the NAHT and the NUT have announced that they will definitely be going ahead with the boycott of this year's SATs, due to take place in England's primary schools between 10th and 13th May.

This follows the results of the ballots taken by the two unions, the results of which were announced last week showing clear majorities in favour of the boycott amongst those who voted..

The unions are insistent that the boycott does not amount to "strike action" as the schools will remain open and the pupils will be taught.

For the NUT, General-Secretary Christine Blower said that the boycott would allow schools to "do the really exciting things you always really wanted to be doing in the classroom".

Mick Brookes of the NAHT said his members would not support "a flawed testing regime" but would ensure that all pupils left primary school with "accurate information about their achievements".

 With the general election result due just days before the boycott is due to start, it is hard to see what action the next government could take to ensure the tests take place. 

Labour and the Conservatives both want the Key Stage 2 tests (as the SATs are properly called) to go ahead.

The Liberal Democrats say they would "scale back" the tests and use tecaher assessment, with external checking, to improve the quality of marking.



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