Every year around this time we hear that your profession is desperate to get rid of high stakes tests like SATs. Every year we are reminded that these tests are NOT good for our children, that they serve them no purpose and that they are pointless and damaging to children, to teachers and to schools. Every year we read stories which fill us with sorrow and anger that this system has not yet been fixed.
Every year parents contact us with stories centred around mental health – children self harming or being diagnosed with school related anxiety. Every year there are accounts of children being asked to sit tests with sick buckets at their side or whilst infected with chicken pox or even in a hospital bed. This year the most heartbreaking headline must be of a family told to bring their 11 year old into school to…
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It would be good to see these dreadful, stressful, pointless obstacles shrivel and vanish. If widespread boycotting hastens this, so much the better.
Parents around the country are fed up of waiting for action to be taken against SATs, despite the mounting evidence of the damage they cause to children and to schools, and so are taking matters into their own hands. Individuals and groups are boycotting SATs in 2019 – the map represents those who have let us know their intention.
The map is by no means representative of all boycott action – many parents would rather not identify themselves and will simply not send their children to school on SAT test days.
Year 6 SATs take place the week beginning 13th May, Year 2 SATs can take place at any time in May.
I am glad that May Day / International Workers’ Day is still celebrated in Birmingham. It is a few years (decades) since I marched, some years with a banner, some years without. The atmosphere was always warm, even the police enjoyed it!
“Is a new world possible?”
asked Ian Scott, introducing Birmingham’s May Day event on Saturday 4th May.
He described the origins of International Workers’ Day as: ‘”Standing on the shoulders of others”, those that have worked hard for change before us; the eight-hour working day, for example. Organised labour never has never been welcomed, and it is inclement on us to build a better future.
The guest speaker, Arthur Scargill, was sadly unable to attend due to illness, but John Tyrell, President of the Socialist Labour Party, spoke in his place. He remembered 1972, when 50,000 trade union members marched at Saltley gate in support of the miners. It was a lesson in solidarity.
Bridget Green, from W.A.S.P.I. (Women Against Pension Injustice) noted that since its introduction for men and women in 1909, the state pension age has been raised twice, forcing many to continue in work. By 2011, pension…
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Khakan Qureshi, Birmingham South Asians LGBT
Ann Sawyer, Supporting Education of Equality and Diversity in Schools (SEEDS)
Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, Headteacher, Anderton Park School
Councillor Martin Straker-Welds, member, Learning, Culture and Physical Activity Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Doug Morgan, Assistant Secretary, Birmingham District of the National Education Union
All welcome. Meeting organised by Birmingham Trades Union Council