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Primary teachers support NEU’s campaign for an alternative to SATs


With this year’s SATs results published today, the findings of the largest poll of primary school practitioners ever undertaken gives a ringing endorsement of the National Education Union’s (NEU) campaign to end damaging high-stakes tests in primary schools. It also sends a clear message to Government that the current assessment system must change.

Over 54,000 NEU primary members took the time to tell us what they think of high-stakes tests in schools. It was the biggest-ever indicative ballot of primary members and a massive 97% of those polled said they support our campaign against SATs.

The results are now being analysed and the union’s National Executive will discuss them on Saturday 13 July before deciding the next steps in the campaign to change the current assessment regime.

Commenting on the result of the indicative ballot, Kevin CourtneyJoint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“The NEU’s indicative ballot of primary school members shows there is resounding support for a change to primary assessment. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party all have major concerns about our SATs-dominated system and have pledged to change it.

“Government now needs to listen, and to accept the need to change a culture in which too many classrooms are dominated by teaching to the test, at the expense of the learning and wellbeing of our children.”


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