To: Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening

We Support Teachers to Boycott SATs

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LetTheKids BeKids

We want an end to SATs... we want our kids to be kids again.

Why is this important?

We began as a group of Year 2 parents who had 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 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!

In May, children in Year 2 and Year 6 sit a whole week's worth of exams... All year their curriculum has been focussed on passing 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 to show support for a SATS boycott and a return to teacher led assessments which value individuality and creativity in the school setting. The assessment system in 2016 was described as a 'car crash'. We don't want to send children into that again this year.

How it will be delivered

We delivered the petition as it stood, at over 47,000 signatures, to the DfE offices in London on 3rd May 2016. This was filmed by national media. We want to deliver the petition again - this time to Justine Greening - when it reaches 100,000.


Reasons for signing

  • I am a secondary school teacher and I'm increasingly concerned by the pupils I see with complex mental health difficulties. Constantly subjecting young children to the pressure of assessment causes a lot of these problems and they now come to secondary school obsessed with 'the next assessment'. We need to encourage a love of learning in future generations and SATs are not the way to do this.
  • I have a child about to start school and seen other friends children stressed out by these tests. I do not wish this pressure on my child. Let them be children and make a positive judgement from the child's work throughout the year.
  • SATs create a narrow curriculum and culture of teaching to the test. They put unhealthy pressure on teachers, pupils and parents at a time when we should be instilling a love of learning. Other countries, with superior education systems/results to the UK, do not start formal education until age 7, yet we put our children through these formal tests aged 6. Let children be children, and let learning/school be fun.

Updates

2016-07-03 20:17:58 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2016-04-19 13:12:18 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2016-04-04 08:52:57 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2016-04-01 20:51:04 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-03-31 12:39:41 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-03-31 08:43:02 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-03-30 20:17:08 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-03-30 18:11:16 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-03-30 15:24:31 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-03-30 14:02:07 +0100

10 signatures reached