Few schools boycott exams
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.”