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Anger in Camden

Issue No. 1859

'THE TESTS have got to go. I would be personally willing for my children not to do them.' That's what headteacher Angie Tate told a packed meeting in Camden, north London, last week.

It was organised by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to oppose SATs. Angie Tate is head of Torriano Infants School and a member of the moderate National Association of Head Teachers.

Dozens of parents, teachers and governors spoke of how creativity and many subjects on the curriculum have been pushed aside to make way for the tests. The chair of school governors in Camden, Dorothea Hickman, said: 'Teachers are under pressure to train the children to pass tests rather than educate them. SATs are a measure of test training instead of well rounded education.'

Camden NUT secretary Kevin Courtney said, 'We are building a wide coalition. This is the time to take a stand and stop these damaging tests.' The meeting follows a conference last month which launched the national Anti-SATs Alliance. The NUT will be balloting in the autumn on a boycott of next year's tests.

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Sat 12 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1859
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