Mum and kids join thousands in strike over SATS exams
A MUM from Tytherington joined other Macclesfield parents and schoolchildren in a ‘kids strike’ on Tuesday.
The first ever kids’ school strike was staged in protest at primary school children having to take SATS, which campaigners say constitute excessive testing.
Sian Riley was one of thousands of parents across the country who pulled their children out of class as part of a demonstration against the controversial exams for six and seven-year-olds.
Critics claim that testing the children in year two is causing mental health problems.
They also say that children are being set up to fail so that the Conservative government is able to force through its academies plans.
Sian took her children out of school for the day and spent the time at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester instead.
The dietician said: “Three years ago my son took his SATS.
“I had no issue with them then.
“But this year it has changed.
“The standards have gone up and the level of work has increased.
“And the stress levels on teachers, parents and kids seem to be much higher.”
She added: “Is it right that a child is told that they are ‘failing to reach government standards’ when they are exceeding their mum’s standard?
“This government does not seem to be listening to teachers. Will they listen to parents?”
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said that it was wrong for parents to force young children to strike.
●● Sian Riley, from Macclesfield, joined the SATS protest