Helen Ward

‘Chaotic’ primary tests trigger boycott warning

Urgent changes are needed if the 2017 assessments are to go ahead, leaders say

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Heads are warning ministers that they could boycott Sats next year unless significant changes to primary assessment begin in the next few weeks.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT headteachers’ union, has been outspoken about the “chaos and confusion” of this year’s tougher key stage 2 tests. Now he wants the Department for Education to take action on the following key issues before half-term:

  • Rethink proposals for resits in Year 7.
  • Redesign the reading test – which, unusually, had a lower pass rate than writing and maths this year.
  • Address concerns about the use of “secure fit” ...

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