Monday, 10 December 2007

SATs could be scrapped!

According to today's Daily Mail, primary school teaching is to be given a major overhaul, with greater emphasis on reading and maths. Learning a second language will become mandatory. It also suggests that the SATs are to be given a massive change.

Ed Balls, Schools Secretary, is to propose that pupils will take two shorter tests in summer or winter - when teachers think the individual pupil is ready! "It is time for a change. Our Children's Plan will pave the way for a change away from the rigidity of the national testing we have at the moment towards testing which is more in line with the needs of the child. This will involve children taking the tests when they're ready at the level which makes sense for them. i think this will be more popular with parents and teachers but still gives us the comparative information school by school," he said on the Andrew Marr Programme.

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