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SATs face their biggest test to date as an overwhelming 78 per cent of parents would fully support a boycott of the tests in 2010 according to a survey by MyChild.co.uk.

The online survey conducted by education and parenting website MyChild.co.uk found that a large majority of parents of primary school children oppose the controversial tests. The survey was conducted after MyChild.co.uk noticed a surge in parents downloading their free SATs papers and asking how to help their children cope with SATs stress.

And with the NUT and NAHT, two of the biggest education unions in the country, planning to ask their 300,000+ collective members to refuse to take part in the tests which they say have become ‘unacceptable for the future of children's education,’ could this be the final nail in the coffin for SATs in England?
Christine Blower, the NUT's acting general secretary, believes so:

‘Primary schools' patience in enduring the damage caused by the tests has been stretched to the limit, and beyond. Our deadline for the end of SATs by 2010 is reasonable, and our alternative is one that will enhance teaching and learning. Above all else, the Government needs to understand that this year's national curriculum tests will be the last.’

Supporting this, teacher and mum Sian Westbury who took part in the MyChild.co.uk survey, asked:

‘Why does the Government insist on putting our children under this pressure year after year when the results and their benefits are at best dubious?’

She added, ‘In heavily tested nations (USA, Japan, UK) there’s very little evidence to support the view that testing drives literacy and numeracy standards up - in fact the reverse is more often the case. Also there is continual pressure on staff to 'teach to the test' in order to achieve the best results that will then be published and used to assess their teaching efficacy. Talk about a self fulfilling prophecy. Why can we not look at what skills our children need to be happy and effective contributors to society and get away from this ridiculous competition?’

Ruth Drake, a mum from Wales who also participated in the survey had this suggestion: ‘I live in Wales where SATs are no longer part of the primary timetable. Formal assessment is given by class teachers as and when they feel necessary to supplement informal ongoing assessment. This is all that is necessary for me as a parent to be kept informed of my child’s level of ability, strengths and weaknesses, and should be all that is necessary for the school too. It’s about time England caught up with superior practices in other countries.’

MyChild.co.uk provides free education resources to parents who are concerned about their children’s education, including downloadable SATs papers.

Visit MyChild.co.uk to see the full results of the SATs boycott poll:
MyChild.co.uk SATs poll
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For further information, please contact Tara Gardner, My Child Online Editor, 0207 954 3523, tara.gardner@mychild.co.uk



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