Tests for seven year olds set to be reviewed
The Education Secretary is set to announce that tests at school for seven year olds will be made more demanding in a bid to ensure that children are progressing well academically. The new proposals will affect Key Stage One SATs, which could become standardised nationally following a rethink by Nicky Morgan. Other plans that could be put in place include resits of tests at secondary school for children who fail basic numeracy and literacy tests at primary school, and a new National Teaching Service (NTS) which will recruit 1,500 of the best teachers to work in tough schools by 2020.
Currently primary schools in England use their own tests to assess pupils’ levels of literacy and numeracy skills, but the new plans mean that standardised national tests could be put back in place for children. However, in a survey by the National Literacy Trust half of teachers felt they were not confident enough to improve children’s literacy skills. The general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) Dr Mary Bousted said that “continual testing is not the answer”, adding that primary schools are already under immense pressure to perform well.