He set out plans to scrap the ‘regime of extreme pressure testing’ in a speech to the National Education Union’s conference in Liverpool.Read the full story ›
New figures show 53% of primary school students met the new required standards in reading, writing and maths.Read the full story ›
The shadow education secretary called for an emergency review of the primary assessment system in light of the leaked Sats papers.
Lucy Powell said: "The possibility that education ministers have compromised the Sats Key Stage Two spelling and grammar test coming, as it does, hot on the heels of their cancellation of the KS1 spelling and grammar test due to incompetence, calls into question the ability of ministers in the department to properly manage our education system.
"This news undermines the validity of the Sats spelling and grammar test children are sitting today and is a body blow to parent and teacher confidence in the primary assessment system."
The teaching union has called on the government to conduct an "open review" of the Sats test after it was leaked by a "rogue marker".
All the issues surrounding the arrangements and the content of the tests needs to be reviews, General Secretary of the NASUWT teaching union Chris Keates said.
A Sats test in spelling and grammar due to be taken by hundreds of thousands of primary school pupils in England was leaked by a "rogue marker".
Given the high stakes nature of the testing for teachers and school leaders, if the integrity of the tests cannot be guaranteed then it is absolutely clear that they cannot be used to judge the performance of schools.
The time has now come for the Government to commit to conducting an open review of all of the issues surrounding this year's Key Stage One and Two tests and assessment arrangements, including the content.
The leak is the second such incident in recent weeks after a Sats spelling test was also posted online in April.Read the full story ›
Mrs Thom set her Year 6 class 'homework' to take their minds off the assessments which included 'eat an ice cream' and 'go outside to play'.Read the full story ›
Answer these sample questions to find out how you measure up against primary school pupils aged up to 11 years old.Read the full story ›
SATs exams are leaving schoolchildren "disengaged and stressed", according to some parents.
Thousands of children are being kept at home on Tuesday as part of a Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign against tests for six, seven and 11-year-olds.
Ben Ramalingam, who is keeping his five-year-old son off school, said some parents believe the situation is turning into a "mental health crisis".
"We are concerned parents taking a stand, we don't want our kids to be stressed out by the time they become teenagers because they have been inappropriately taught", he said.
"Our children are being pushed towards rote-based learning. It is like something out of Charles Dickens".
Jane Clout said: "I'm a grandmother and I sent my children through the state system in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and when I first started taking these boys to school I was struck by how primary schools have improved.
"But this is like going back to the 1950s".
Parents will be taking their children out of school tomorrow in an unprecedented "strike" against compulsory exams for six-year-olds.Read the full story ›
The 'Let Our Kids Be Kids' campaign wants parents to keep their children off school saying they are "over-tested and over-worked".Read the full story ›