In a few weeks’ time, primary school children across England will be taking their SATs exams. However, if Jeremy Corbyn had his way, they would not face the tests at all. Labour has announced that it will scrap the SATs, saying that “teachers need to teach” instead of over-testing pupils, reports Perspecs. However, some argue that they are the fairest way to judge pupils – and have no consequences for them. The Claim Corbyn has promised that a Labour government would scrap SATs exams for seven- and 11-year-olds, the Guardian reports. He said: “We need to prepare children for life, not just for exams.” Appearing at the National Education Union conference in Liverpool, the Labour leader said that “teachers need to teach”, rather than over-testing pupils. He vowed that Labour would abolish SATs, as well as the baseline assessments for reception classes. Corbyn said: “Teachers get into the profession because they want to inspire children, not pass them along an assembly line. “We will raise standards by freeing up teachers to teach. Labour trusts teachers. You are professionals. You know your job. You know your students.” His speech received a warm reception from the 1,500-strong audience of teachers, who voted… Read full this story
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