Today, thousands of parents have taken their children out of school in protest to Standard Assessment Tests (SATs).
The strike organised by 'Let The Kids Be Kids' makes a stand against the tests in Year 2 and Year 6, and sees children having a day of educational fun with their parents.The government has been accused of putting unnecessary pressure onto children.
A petition addressed to Nicky Morgan has gathered widespread backing with around 45,000 signatures so far. Supporting teachers to boycott the exams, the petition states that... 'in May, children in Year 2 sit a whole week's worth of exams.. these children are 6 or 7 years old!!! All year their curriculum has been centred around comprehension and arithmetic in order to pass these tests. Outdoor learning has decreased, childhood anxiety has increased, games have been replaced with grammar, playing with punctuation.'
PACEY was among 80 key signatories of an open letter published in Saturday’s Guardian. The letter makes the point that 'Primary assessment in its present form contributes to a great range of problems – a narrow curriculum, an approach to maths and English that reduces these to right or wrong answers, intense pressures on teachers, stress on pupils, neglect of children with special needs.'
PACEY has long emphasised the importance of learning through play and recently supported the Better without Baseline campaign, which saw the government make a u-turn and scrap baseline assessments in primary schools.