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Sats tests fail our children – they have to go

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Issue 2503
Prepare for battle to beat Sats

Prepare for battle to beat Sats (Pic: Simon Murch)

Hundreds of thousands of children in England faced misery this week as they were forced to sit the hated Sats tests.

Primary school teachers reported that children were in tears trying to complete the tests. One teacher said, “If ever a test was set up to prepare children to fail, this was it.”

The Sats are designed to be impossible so that children will fail them. They have nothing to do with helping children’s education or with measuring their abilities.

The Tories want to use the results to define schools and teachers as “failing”—and justify more government attacks on education.

Campaigners inflicted a serious defeat on the Tories last week after they were stopped from forcing all schools in England to become academies.

The Tories are still committed to academies—privately-run schools that are state-funded.They are determined to let the market rip through our public services and transfer huge amounts of public money to their fat cat friends.

And young children are paying the price.It’s good that parents and children struck last week in protest at the Sats. Teachers should boycott the hated tests too.

The Sats are just one example of how far the Tories will go to pursue their neoliberal ideological agenda. The Sats have got to go—and the Tories with them.

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