- Oct 28, 2007
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Parents are threatening to keep their children off school for the day in a protest about primary tests in England.
More than 40,000 parents have signed a petition calling for a boycott of primary school tests, which are due to be taken later this month.
Parents supporting the Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign have complained of a damaging culture of over-testing.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says taking pupils out of school "even for a day is harmful to their education". Link.
Testing at 7 now - is this the way to go?
12 years ago, the London Challenge raised standards across the capital which had had the worst results across the country for years but that programme was ended. The poor white, black and asian kids who went through the challenge ended up being the most likely in the whole of the UK to go on to good university and do well.
We also had EMA which (cost money) was very successful as a social mobility tool as it got students to engage and work hard (for financial reward).
Can we get politicians out of education please?