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Ken backs scrapping of SATS

LEADER of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson, has backed government plans to scrap national tests for 14-year-old pupils.

LEADER of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson, has backed government plans to scrap national tests for 14-year-old pupils.

Children's Secretary Ed Balls announced earlier in the week that Year 9 students would no longer sit their SATS test and instead a panel of experts have been asked to come up with an alternative system of teacher assessment.

Ministers feel that the current Key Stage 2, GCSE, and A-level examinations are sufficient enough to help rate the performance of secondary schools.

Councillor Meeson, who is also cabinet member for education, children and young people feels the government has made a wise decision.

"It's a good idea because we are almost testing youngsters to death," he said.

"Children are put under so much pressure these days to help boost school's figures and teachers often focus on getting the children to pass the exam rather than educating them properly."

The move to abolish the tests comes just a few months after the embarrassing problems that were encountered when delivering this year's results.

Coun Meeson described the troubles as a 'fiasco' and felt the decision to scrap SATS may well have been influenced by it.

"We need to make children's lives easier and cutting out these exams will do that.

"Some youngsters were kept waiting for their results during this years fiasco which wouldn't have helped them one bit.

"It's important that we remove the strain on children so that they can perform when it matters."

SATS results continued to rise in the borough this year along with GCSE's and ALevels.

 

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