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Britain to scrap SATs because ‘they’re too much pressure on children’

Pressurised seven-year-old pupils will no longer be forced to do statuary tests under plans from the UK Department of Education.
Britain to scrap SATs because ‘they’re too much pressure on children’

The UK education secretary has unveiled plans for children to be examined without them realising they are being tested, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Metro.

Justine Greening has begun a consultation after the SATs for seven-year-olds got a heated reception from parents and teachers last year.

She said: ‘The government has reformed the primary school system to make sure children can master the basics of literacy and numeracy so they get the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in later life.

‘Now we want to build on that by developing a stable assessment system that helps children learn, while freeing up teachers to do what they do best – supporting children to fulfill their potential.’

If the consultation is successful it would come into force next year.

Teachers have criticised the testing, which happens more frequently for children than other European nations.

But parents were also angry about the SATs.

A group called Let Kids Be Kids said in a statement: ‘A massive cheer from us all here. A massive well done to all of you who have piled the pressure on and made this happen.

‘A year ago we were planning the May 3 Kids’ Strike and look how far we have come.’

The strike was supported by 30,000 people and kept children off school on the day to protest.

But some accused Greening of ‘hoisting the white flag.’

‘It is a retrograde step that will mostly harm the children whose problems need to be diagnosed because you cannot rely on the children to do it,’ Chris McGovern, Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said.