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No Sat-isfaction

The boycott of the key stage 2 tests by the NUT and NAHT sends a strong message that teachers want less focus on testing and more on the freedom to teach those things that are most important to their pupils.

The action points towards the fact that teachers, under pressure to meet targets, increasingly find they are simply teaching to the test, and are denied the flexibility to meet their pupils' real and individual needs.

At ASDAN, we look beyond the formal school curriculum towards areas of learning which widen pupils' entitlement to a range of experiences and facilitate constructive discussions. Unnecessary qualifications such as the KS2 tests simply put pressure on schools to focus on exam preparation and restrict opportunities.

Maggie Walker, Deputy CEO and director of curriculum at ASDAN, Bristol.

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