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Teachers vote to boycott Sats

by Sara Tomlinson, joint branch secretary, Lambeth NUT
Issue No. 2182

Teachers will hold a formal ballot on whether to boycott hated Sats tests after the NUT union last week announced that 75 percent of those voting in an indicative ballot want action.

The headteachers’ NAHT union also reported a majority in favour of a boycott in its own indicative ballot.

The votes are a chance for every teacher who is fed up with Ofsted inspections, lesson observations, a restricted curriculum and stressed pupils.

We can tackle this key plank of the government’s education policy.

Every teacher should start organising now to get the biggest possible vote for action in the ballot that is set to start in the new year.

Getting rid of Sats will be good for education – and it will improve teachers’ working conditions too.

We will then need to make sure we have a say in what replaces them.

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Tue 15 Dec 2009, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2182
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