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Calls for emergency review of primary school testing

Lucy Powell Credit: PA

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."

Teaching union calls on government to review Sats tests

NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates

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.

– Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union


School strike: 'SATs stress like Charles Dickens scene'

"Let Our Kids Be Kids" campaign kicks off Credit: Good Morning Britain

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".