Mum and kids join thou­sands in strike over SATS ex­ams

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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

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