Few schools boy­cott ex­ams

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

COUNTY ed­u­ca­tion chiefs say far fewer schools than fore­cast are tak­ing part in a boy­cott of tests for 10-and 11-year-olds which be­gan on Mon­day.

Kent County Coun­cil said that of its 400-plus pri­mary schools, just 24 – which it has not iden­ti­fied – were fully boy­cotting the Key Stage Two tests in English, maths and sci­ence.

It had pre­dicted half of its schools could suf­fer dis­rup­tion, but says up­dated fig­ures sug­gest the boy­cott is not re­ceiv­ing as much sup­port as an­tic­i­pated.

The NUT and NAHT (Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Head Teach­ers) say the ex­ams put chil­dren un­der pres­sure and do not al­low schools to teach a more bal­anced cur­ricu­lum.

NAHT county sec­re­tary Robert Straker said: “These tests can be hugely stress­ful to both chil­dren and staff. Even Ofqual (the qualifications author­ity) does not be­lieve they are a re­li­able in­di­ca­tor of a child’s per­for­mance.”

KCC called for the unions to talk over is­sues with the Depart­ment for Chil­dren, Schools and Fam­i­lies, adding: “If par­ents have any con­cerns, they should talk to the head teacher or gov­ern­ing body of their child’s school.”

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