July 13, 2024


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Portsmouth instructor and National Education Union agent welcomes scrapping of SATs

Portsmouth teacher and former National Education Union president Amanda Martin has welcomed the decision to scrap this year's SAT's.

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Portsmouth instructor and previous National Training Union president Amanda Martin has welcomed the determination to scrap this year’s SAT’s. Photo: Russell Sach Photography

Though a lot of the concentration has been on the education and learning secretary’s announcement that GCSE and A-degree tests would no for a longer period acquire put, the federal government has also verified that Year 6 pupils will not be anticipated to sit Standard Evaluation Tests (SATs) – the assessment taken by pupils at the stop of key university training.

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Confirming the information Gavin Williamson claimed: ‘Although exams are the fairest way we have of evaluating what a scholar knows, the impression of this pandemic now usually means that it is not probable to have these examinations this yr.’

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Responding to the final decision, key college instructor Ms Martin mentioned: ‘Teachers and parents will be relieved that Gavin Williamson has confronted up to reality and cancelled this year’s SATs tests. With the pressures of SATs lifted, educational institutions will have some room to address the urgent issues of academic recovery. ‘Pupils are likely to will need extended-expression aid for their learning.’

Ms Martin, together with the NEU, hopes the determination can provide the catalyst for relooking at the appropriateness of exams as a variety of assessment for main college youngsters.

She added: ‘A curriculum driven by tests was never the way to do this. Now is the time to encourage and resource educational facilities to establish a prosperous and engaging curriculum.’

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