SOME 50 teachers and parents attended an rally to oppose SATs tests in Bristol last week. Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset NUT teachers' union divisions organised the meeting. Jon Illingworth, prospective left candidate for general secretary of the NUT, spoke alongside primary school teacher Suzie Coggles, children's author Pat Thompson and school student Sophie North.
They all denounced the absurd testing regime in schools. Parents and teachers in the audience argued for a campaign to support teachers in the run-up to the proposed NUT ballot on a boycott of the SATs tests. A Bristol-wide Anti-SATs alliance was set up and will meet soon to plan stalls, petitions and leafleting.