A resounding 97% of number one school teachers would really like to see excessive-stakes Sats exams scrapped, in keeping with the most important poll undertaken on the situation.
More than 54,000 number one members of the National Education Union (NEU) took element in an indicative poll closing month. The full-size majority said they supported their leaders’ campaign for “a sensible alternative” to the countrywide general attainment tests, which they say are unfavorable youngsters and narrowing the curriculum.
The NEU said the result sent a clear message to the authorities that the assessment system must exchange. The consequences of a 2d question on the ballot paper, asking whether or not participants could be organized to take business movement and boycott Sats, have not but been released.
The NEU’s country wide executive will meet later this week to recall the next steps in their campaign, consisting of business motion, though the 39% response price (more than one hundred forty,000 ballot papers were issued) could now not meet the government’s commercial movement poll threshold.
The instructors’ poll coincides with the guide on Tuesday of the key stage 2 Sats consequences for 600,000 10- and 11-12 months-olds in England who took checks in studying, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag) in May.
The tests are utilized by the government to assess college overall performance and preserve faculties to account. The NEU argues that young children need to be now not examined as it ends in hothousing, strain for each scholar and instructors, and a narrowing of the curriculum.
Kevin Courtney, the NEU’s joint preferred secretary, stated the union’s indicative ballot showed there has been “resounding aid” for a trade to primary evaluation. “Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party all have important concerns approximately our Sats-dominated machine and have pledged to alternate it.
“Government now needs to listen, and to simply accept the want to change a culture in which too many lecture rooms are ruled via coaching to the check, on the fee of the getting to know and wellbeing of our children.”
The school’s minister, Nick Gibb, brushed off the poll, saying that scrapping Sats would be a backward step. “The NEU’s indicative poll does now not even represent 1/2 their participants, not to mention the complete teaching profession.
“These exams were a part of faculty life for the reason that 90s and have been pivotal in elevating requirements in our number one faculties. Abolishing those tests would be a terrible, retrograde step. It could notably damage our schooling system and undo many years of development in youngsters’ studying and maths.”
Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation while he announced to teachers amassed at the NEU’s annual convention in April that his birthday celebration might scrap Sats. Delegates at the conference voted in favor of a ballot over a possible boycott of Sats exams, seeing off a modification from the government arguing that a ballot turned into now not the maximum suitable tactic.
Responding to the NEU ballot, the shadow training secretary, Angela Rayner, said: “These results must ship the authorities a clear message that Sats aren’t running for teachers or students, and it’s approximately time they listened.”
More Than a Score, a campaigning group of parents, instructors and training professionals, said: “It’s not right or correct to base a school’s ordinary overall performance at the test consequences of number one-age youngsters. There are extra supportive methods to assess youngsters and fairer methods to measure colleges, without the need to turn pupils into facts factors.”