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To: Parents and their supporters.

Boycott year 6 SATS and call for teachers to strike.

Boycott year 6 SATS and call for teachers to strike.

We're a group of Year 6 parents who've had enough... enough of endless testing, enough of teachers not being trusted to teach, enough of an Ofsted driven, dull, dry curriculum aimed solely at passing National Curriculum Tests (SATs).

We want an end to Year 6 SATs... we want our kids to enjoy learning.

We're encouraging parents to show Parent Power by keeping their children off school IN SUPPORT of a SATs boycott on Tuesday 3rd May. We wish to spread the idea of a teachers' strike to ensure they know that parents support them striking in the interest of our children's education.

Why is this important?

We want our kids to be kids again and enjoy learning for learning's sake not for Ofsted results or league table figures. Bring back the creativity and the fun - say goodbye to repetition and boredom!

Between 9th to 13th May, children in Year 6 in England and Wales sit a whole week's worth of exams. They are lied to and told these will affect their whole life's careers which is simply untrue, Teachers are forced to put children under stress purely for league tables sakes. All year their curriculum has been centred around comprehension and arithmetic in order to pass these tests. Outdoor learning has decreased, childhood anxiety has increased, games have been replaced with grammar, playing with punctuation.

Parents all over the country are joining forces on 3rd May for a day of fun learning out of school to show support for a SATs boycott and a return to teacher led assessments which value individuality and creativity in the school setting.

England and Wales

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Reasons for signing

  • My Son came home with 28(!) pages of homework over the Easter Holidays, all of it geared towards SATs. This school year has been totally wasted in my eyes, it has been SATs coaching with very little 'rounded' education to be seen. These last few weeks he has noticably changed from a happy-go-lucky boy who is now telling me he is 'feeling pressured' and very upset - that surely shouldn't be happening at his age, especially when these tests are completely irrelevant to anything he does in life.
  • Unnecessary pressure on children. Wastes a year of their school life re-learning work parrot fashion. Time to bin it.
  • Being a year 5/6 teacher, I want my children to enjoy themselves in their final year before secondary school. However, so many of them and their parents have come to me saying they have been crying to themselves over these tests!! How is this ok?! And frankly who cares what the past perfect progressive tense it?! My children are amazing writers but with this and the ridiculous spelling expectations, their love for writing is diminishing. Something's got to give.

Updates

2016-04-13 18:53:14 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-04-05 22:02:12 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-04-01 20:06:20 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-04-01 19:28:31 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-04-01 19:20:30 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-04-01 15:13:19 +0100

10 signatures reached