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Greening proposes scrapping KS1 SATs

Greening proposes scrapping KS1 SATs

In a new consultation, Justine Greening, the education secretary is seeking views on the scrapping of key stage 1 SATs tests at the end of key stage 1 in favour of a newly designed baseline test in the reception years.

The consultation will ask for views on moving to a 'best fit' model for teacher assessments of writing at key stage 2, as opposed to a 'secure fit' model, following criticism from teachers.

The expected proposals follow a chaotic year for primary assessment in 2016, when the introduction of new, harder tests prompted reports of increased stress among pupils, protests and boycotts by parents and pleas from school leaders for an end to the system.

The changes follow months of talks between education unions and Greening, who is said to have taken on board concerns raised in NAHT's independent review of the tests.


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