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National Union of Teachers launches Sats ballot

Issue No. 2191

The teachers’ NUT union will begin a ballot on 15 March for a boycott of the administration of the hated Sats tests. This follows a unanimous vote at the NUT’s 2009 annual conference.

Heads, deputy heads and assistant head teachers in primary schools will vote. Some primary school teachers had written to NUT general secretary Christine Blower demanding that the union ballot all primary school members.

Socialist Workers Party members backed this.

But the union's executive decided against it at a meeting last week.

The ballot will be held jointly with the head teachers’ NAHT union.

Teachers and parents should build on the revulsion that exists against Sats to organise rallies, stalls and stunts to strengthen the campaign. The NUT will produce material for activists to use. The ballot runs until 16 April.

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Tue 2 Mar 2010, 18:07 GMT
Issue No. 2191
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