ENYAN MPs raise concerns over primary school testing

MPs have criticised the government’s policies on primary school testing, saying they are harming children’s education.

An education select committee report into the impact of testing pupils raises concerns that the regular publication of SATs results is putting pressure on teachers and negatively impacting on the quality of learning in primary schools.

It calls for the publication of annual Key Stage 2 test results to be scrapped in favour of a three-yearly public release, with only schools having access to yearly data.

The report states: “Assessment is closely linked to the accountability system in primary schools, with Key Stage 2 results used to hold schools and teachers to account on the progress and attainment of pupils. However, the high-stakes system can negatively impact teaching and learning, leading to narrowing of the curriculum and ‘teaching to the test’, as well as affecting teacher and pupil wellbeing.”

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