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Parents keep children off school in test protest

BBC News Education – Numbers of parents have kept their children off school for the day in a protest about primary tests in England.  More than 40,000 parents have signed a petition calling for a boycott of primary school tests, which are due to be taken later this month. TES News – Parents are right to take […]

Union calls for review of ‘chaotic’ primary assessment

TES News – NAHT president Kim Johnson will call it the “hokey cokey” of assessment at the union’s conference today. BBC News Education – Primary testing regime chaotic, say head teachers.

Parents plan ‘stay at home’ school protest over Sats

BBC News Education – Thousands of parents in England plan to keep their children off school for a day next week in protest at tough new national tests, campaigners say. TES News – Sats protest: thousands of parents to pull children out of school.

Statement from DfE about key stage 1 tests

GOV.UK – Schools Minister Nick Gibb’s statement following the accidental publication of a live key stage 1 (KS1) test. GOV.UK – Statement from STA about key stage 1 tests. STA – Statutory assessment update sent to schools  22 April 2016.

Sats primary school spelling test scrapped after blunder

BBC News Education – The government has been forced to cancel its controversial new spelling and grammar test after it was accidentally put online by officials. TES News – Ministers scrap this year’s KS1 spelling punctuation and grammar test following online leak. The Guardian – DfE withdraws spelling test after it accidentally appeared online. The Telegraph – Government caves […]