Primary testing regime chaotic, say head teachers
The testing regime for primary schools in England is in chaos and distracting to pupils, says the National Association of Head Teachers.
Heads gathering for the union’s annual conference in Birmingham are urging the government to work with them to set up a new assessment system for next year.
NAHT head Russell Hobby said primary tests no longer gave parents reliable information on children’s progress.
Tests allow teachers to spot when pupils need more help, say ministers.
The NAHT highlighted issues such as a lack of time to implement the new primary curriculum and its “inappropriate content”, a lack of clarity on standards and contradictory guidelines plus the late publication of materials.