LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that his party would abolish SATs once and for all if they were elected.
The Leader of the Opposition has promised to get rid of the formal tests in primary schools in England if he becomes prime minister in the next general election, calling SATs “extreme pressure testing”.
Mr Corbyn recently told teachers at the National Educational Union in Liverpool that the compulsory tests were leaving some children in floods of tears and giving others nightmares.
Mr Corbyn also recognised the stress the exams put on teachers.
This means that if Mr Corbyn’s Labour Party is voted into power at the next general election, SATs will be abolished for all seven-year-olds and 11-year-olds in England.
The news has been welcomed by many educational groups, teachers and parents. Paul Whiteman, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “In reality, SATs do not tell teachers or parents anything they didn’t already know about their child or school, but have the negative unintended consequences of distracting from teaching and learning.”
However, not everyone is happy with the Labour leader’s announcement. England’s schools’ minister Nick Gibb said: “They [SATs] have been pivotal in raising standards in our primary schools.
It would enormously damage our education system and undo decades of improvement in children’s reading and maths.”