The Big Question: what should replace Sats?

The Big Question: what should replace Sats?

Two major teaching unions will call for a boycott of 2010 KS1 and KS2 national tests.

‘Teaching to the test’ limits children’s educational experiences, and schools are humiliated by the publication of league tables, according to both the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Furthermore, they feel that as Sats were scrapped for 14-year-olds, it follows suit that they should be scrapped for KS1 and KS2.

The call for a boycott will be made at the unions’ annual conferences in April this year.

If national testing is scrapped, what should replace it? Here are some views from the education community:

“I think that in an ideal world ‘scrapping Sats tests’ would be great, however this is only possible where all teachers in a school are secure in what a level ‘looks like’. I feel that testing does not always represent what a child is capable of and in these circumstances one should be able to provide evidence from class that supports the child’s capabilities. “
Danielle Land, assistant head, KS2 teacher

“Teacher assessment is definitely the way forward; If it isn’t, then why spend copious amounts of money on training to use programmes like assessing pupils’ progress, APP, which all of our staff are already implementing?

“To quote one of my year 2 boys today ‘But miss you already know what we need to learn, is it for that man in a suit who comes?’ I think it summed them up pretty well in a nutshell.”
Kerry Moody, acting senior teacher, foundation stage /KS1 coordinator, maths coordinator, ICT coordinator, year 1 and 2 teacher

“Teacher assessment is and always has been the way forward. There needs to be checks and moderation, of course, but this could be in-house or by partner schools. Teacher assessment allows for teachers to teach to pupils’ needs not to artificial targets. Only a set of failed lawyers and bankers could not understand that.”
Alan Watkins-Groves, English intervention teacher, secondary phase

See Union chiefs divided on move to boycott Sats

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