The Independent: Children ‘stuck in Sats revision classes’ during Easter holidays

“If they have been set homework and if that homework is useful and productive they should be doing that – but they also should be doing enjoyable, engaging things in their own time, with their own friends, spending time with their families, which is all a critical part of a healthy childhood.” – Darren Northcott … Continue reading The Independent: Children ‘stuck in Sats revision classes’ during Easter holidays

The Independent: Labour will abolish Sats exams in primary schools, Jeremy Corbyn says

“I meet teachers of all ages and backgrounds who are totally overworked and overstressed. These are dedicated public servants. It’s just wrong.” – Jeremy Corbyn http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/sats-exams-labour-corbyn-primary-school-national-education-union-a8872496.html Continue reading The Independent: Labour will abolish Sats exams in primary schools, Jeremy Corbyn says

Islington Tribune: Islington schools cash crisis: ‘This generation is on frontline’

“This generation of children is on the frontline. The long-term effects of school cuts and cuts to other services are hitting this generation of children and families in an unprecedented way. Their time is now. We cannot afford to let this generation’s future slip through our hands through a simple lack of engagement by our … Continue reading Islington Tribune: Islington schools cash crisis: ‘This generation is on frontline’

Nursery World: Schools call for overhaul of primary school testing

“Over one-third of Year 6 children failed SATs last year. That’s a group of 11-year-olds being sent to secondary feeling that they haven’t achieved. The system of accountability means children are part of a machine. They’re a number, a percentage. Perhaps they’ll think that education isn’t for them.” – Helen Longton-Howorth https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1167196/schools-call-for-overhaul-of-primary-school-testing Continue reading Nursery World: Schools call for overhaul of primary school testing

The Guardian: School in Stockport to close early on Fridays for lack of funding

“Running a school in Stockport costs exactly the same in terms of teachers’ salaries and the cost of providing a good curriculum, and yet a comparable Manchester school half a mile away would receive £350,000 more per year in basic funding,” – Helen Hannah https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/feb/28/school-stockport-close-early-fridays-lack-funding Continue reading The Guardian: School in Stockport to close early on Fridays for lack of funding