Fra Guardian

More than 100 children’s authors, including former children’s laureate Michael Rosen, have added their support to teachers’ unions’ proposed boycott of this year’s primary school English tests. The tests for children in their last year of primary school are scheduled to take place in schools between 10 and 13 May, but a «clear majority» of NUT and NAHT members voted to support action last week and will not administer the national tests in English and maths.

They say the tests in their current form «disrupt the learning process for children in Year Six, and are misused to compile meaningless league tables which only serve to humiliate and demean children, their teachers and their communities». They argue instead for «a system of assessment that highlights what children can do rather than focusing on failure».