Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/621/9422

From The Socialist newspaper, 21 April 2010

Vote to boycott SATs

Teachers on strike on the 24th April , photo Paul Mattsson

Teachers on strike on the 24th April , photo Paul Mattsson

The two main unions representing primary headteachers have both returned clear majorities in support of a boycott of this May's English and maths Key Stage 2 SATs tests for eleven year-olds.

Martin Powell-Davies, Lewisham NUT

Worried by recent legal threats against other unions, the NUT followed advice that it should only ballot members of the 'leadership group' who have the direct responsibility for administering SATs. The NAHT only represents these staff. So these results show the strength of opposition to the damage that SATs have inflicted on primary education even among school 'managers'.

Many heads and deputies, as well as classroom teachers, have seen their schools unfairly condemned as 'failing' through crude league tables of SATS results that take no account of the many different challenges facing schools. This bullying testing regime has enforced a narrowing of the curriculum. Many year six students have to spend much of their final year of primary education preparing for SATs. The administration of the tests also wastes 23 million a year.

NUT and NAHT members now have the opportunity to send a clear message to an incoming government that this wasteful and unreliable system has to be replaced with an assessment system that properly supports teaching and learning. Heads and classroom teachers must work together to build as widespread a boycott as possible.

Some parents, and perhaps some staff, may feel that it would be wrong to boycott now that so much of the 'drilling' in preparation for the SATs has already been done. They are mistaken. If even a partial boycott is launched this year, then teachers will feel more confident to stop 'teaching to the test' with a new year six from September.

The decision on whether to use the ballot results to launch a boycott rests with the NAHT national council meeting on 20 April and the NUT national executive meeting the following day. They must take the bold step of sanctioning the action that can start to get rid of these useless tests that have been imposed on schools for far too long.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 21 April 2010:

Stop these savage cuts: support the socialist alternative


Youth fight for jobs

Young people facing a fight for their future

National Union of Students conference: Campaign needed against fees and cuts


Socialist Party editorial

Left candidates excluded from media


LibDem Surge

Big business as usual for Liberal Democrats

TV debate - Party leaders compete for the same policies


Transport

Volcanic eruption brings travel chaos: Planned and integrated transport system vital

Planes, trains and automobiles


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cameron turns back clock on women's rights

Banks use microloans to fleece poor

Fast news


Socialist Party election campaign

Doncaster - Jarvis's vicious sackings and workers' fightback

Portsmouth North: "An ordinary guy to represent ordinary workers"

Lewisham councillors' record

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Coventry: Standing up for public services

Colne Valley / Huddersfield: Kirklees' only fighting councillor

Spelthorne: "The trade union candidate guy"

A chance to put your questions to your local Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates.


Anti-racism

Why the BNP offers no way forward for working class people

Anti-BNP protest


International socialist news and analysis

Progressive Workers Federation of Pakistan founded

Sri Lanka parliamentary elections: Rajapaksa's clan consolidates its rule


Socialist Party features

National Care Service - fact or fiction?

1936 - A play about the Olympics


Socialist Party workplace news

Vote to boycott SATs

Civil service dispute continues

Fighting cuts at Coventry council

Strike ballot at Manchester Metropolitan University

Unison health conference

Laundry workers fight closure

Dover trade unions against privatisation

National Shop Stewards Network 2010 conference:


 

Home   |   The Socialist 21 April 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

SATs:

triangleNEU conference: Teachers vote to strike over pay and workload

triangleMood for a fightback at education conferences

triangleEd Balls: 'Speaking Out' for capitalism

triangleEducation for all - not exam factories

triangleEducation: fightback needed

NUT:

triangleNEU conference: organise for the key battles to come

triangleGovernment fails to deliver on funding and teachers' pay - demand action to win 5%

triangleNEU conference 2018: Strike to take on the Tories

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Teachers:

triangleSchools unions must turn anger into a fight against funding catastrophe

triangleValentine victory: School strike beats council cuts

triangleSchool staff demand action on pay and testing at NEU conference

Schools:

triangleA speaker at the youth climate change protest in Newcastle, 21.6.19, photo by Elaine Brunskill

triangle4 June - Walk out against Trump! Climate criminal not welcome

Martin Powell-Davies:

triangle40 years after Three Mile Island disaster

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/6/19

South Western Railway

South Western Railway staff strike for safety

19/6/19

Barking

Angry residents' meeting demands answers and action following fire

19/6/19

Ford

Ford Bridgend workers vote to fight to save threatened plant

19/6/19

Southampton

Bluestar bus drivers' strike over pay

19/6/19

Newham

East London bin workers call 12-day strike over wage grades

19/6/19

Swansea

Swansea Parcelforce workers picket depot in support of victimised rep

19/6/19

Harrogate

Harrogate academy workers strike against closure

19/6/19

Orgreave

Orgreave injustice - 35th anniversary march and rally

19/6/19

Newham

Oppose big business's sphere of influence!

19/6/19

Rhondda

Young Socialists - re-establishing Rhondda's fighting traditions

19/6/19

North Shields

North Shields: second march and rally to #SaveOurBridge

19/6/19

NHS

Newton Abbot says no to Tory privatisation of the NHS!

19/6/19

Worcester

Worcester: Building on our successful library campaign

19/6/19

Low pay

Trade union action can end low pay

19/6/19

Climate change

What way forward to tackle climate change?

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999