Posted by: John Colby | Monday May 12 2008

MPs agree with teachers!

When you get a government seemingly obsessed with testing and league tables and position in the face of opposition from the people who have to work the system then they should listen. But they don’t.

When you get the BBC web site report about Panorama, entitled Testing pressure condemned by MPs then you’d think they’d take some notice. However I predict that they won’t. Not a blind bit.

A quote from the beginning of the BBC article:

An over-pressured school testing regime in England is under fire from MPs, as hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds begin taking their “Sats” tests.

Barry Sheerman, who chairs the Commons schools select committee which has investigated the issue, sees “something wrong” in the amount of testing.

He also told the BBC’s Panorama that the proposed replacement, single level tests, may make the problem worse.

Schools Minister Jim Knight said the tests helped to raise standards.


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