'Green' failings of new SATs made me see red

20th May 2011 at 01:00

Am I the only person to question the environmental impact of the key stage 2 SATs? At my school (18 Y6 pupils), the grey sacks for posting the papers were in a pack of three, when only two were needed; the mental maths papers were in a pack of 30, when 20 sheets would have been more than sufficient; four mental maths CDs were sent (two for the test and two in the mark packs) when one would have been ample; and the red marksheet plastic envelopes were wrapped in a clear plastic bag.

If every school in England received similar proportions of excess plastic, CDs and paper, the tests could hardly be considered to be "green".

Alan Williams, Headteacher, Glebeland Community Primary, Norfolk.

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