Wednesday, 11 July 2018

More than a score ....

This is everything that is wrong with our current schooling system ....

SATs results day, and Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on the release of the latest Key Stage 2 SATs results, saying “Today’s announcement means that, despite the hard work of teachers and pupils, over a third of 11-year-olds will arrive in secondary schools in September labelled as ‘below the expected standard’."

How can we continue to support a system that tells over a third of children they are 'below the accepted standard' before they reach the age of 12? And I would go further, arguing that the system is equally damaging for those that succeed, setting children against their peers in a culture of individualism and competition rather than co-operation and mutual support, making them believe they are successful, better than others, despite the narrowness of the measurement criteria. This is a broken and damaging system. Can we not imagine better ways of raising compassionate human beings?

Dr Bousted goes on to say, "“The real story of SATs isn’t the headline figures, it’s the damage that our test-driven system is inflicting on primary schools day in, day out throughout the school year. A narrow curriculum, stressed children, over-worked teachers: these are the signs of an assessment system that needs root and branch change.”

You can read her comments HERE.

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