Our system is obsessed with league tables, turning children into data points and denying them a broad, stimulating education at key stages in their development. It puts an unnecessary burden on children, parents and teachers alike.
Go to the NEU website for more on what can be done:
Too much testing
Opposition is building to the Baseline Assessment which is due to be piloted for 4-year-olds this September. Campaign group More Than A Score (MTAS) has organised a Chalk Protest to raise awareness of these absurd assessments, which are more about school and teacher accountability than supporting children’s learning.
To take part, just chalk the message Play Not Tests At 4 on a pavement or in a playground near you, take a photograph and share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag More Than A Score: Twitter: @morethanscore; Facebook: @morethanascore
Meanwhile, the MTAS petition against Baseline continues to gather signatures and has now passed 40,000. Members and parents are encouraged to sign it.
Sign the petition!
Send a message to Nick Gibb, Schools Minister:
“Four-year-olds don’t need exams “
As schools are invited to sign up to take part in this September’s pilot of the reception Baseline Assessment, campaign group More Than A Score (MTAS) is protesting against the test.
MTAS is asking parents and teachers to take part in a Chalk Protest
to raise awareness of these absurd assessments, testing children within weeks of starting school and using the results to judge schools against each other. Parents, teachers, heads and experts all agree that testing four-year-olds makes no sense, yet the Government plans to spend £10m on the scheme.
It’s easy to take part in the protest. Just chalk the message “Play Not Tests at 4” on a pavement or playground near you, take a photo and upload it to social media, using the hashtags #PlayNotTestsAt4 and #morethanascore
Meanwhile, the MTAS petition against Baseline continues to gather signatures and has now passed 40,000: please sign it and encourage other to do the same.
In April, the British Educational Research Association (BERA) set up an independent expert review panel to evaluate the research evidence for Reception Baseline Assessment. The review body this week published its report, and arrived at conclusions which we think will be of concern to all heads, teachers and support staff. Continue reading Baseline assessment