By Paul Vernell, head of English, Filton high school, Bristol (personal capacity)
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Celebrate Sats victory

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There was jubilation in secondary schools last week as the government announced it was scrapping Sats tests for 14 year olds in English, maths and science.
Issue 2124

There was jubilation in secondary schools last week as the government announced it was scrapping Sats tests for 14 year olds in English, maths and science.

These tests have a destructive effect on pupil confidence. They have led to the strict regime of targets that has forced many teachers to teach to the test.

Even the government’s Ofsted schools inspectorate recently admitted that teaching to the test was putting young people off maths.

So the abolition of tests for 14 year olds is a victory. Yet the tests have not been abolished in primary schools.

Parents and teachers must now come together to make the case for scrapping all Sats. We must explore the possibility of boycotting the tests next summer.

We should also demand that time be set aside to allow the curriculum to be redesigned to meet the needs of all children and to broaden their experience of learning.

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