Little Bealings Primary School
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Fifteen mother and father determined their youngsters shouldn’t sit the checks being held this month

A category of major college pupils won’t sit Sats checks after their mother and father selected to boycott the exams.

All 15 mother and father of youngsters in 12 months 2 at Bealings College close to Woodbridge, Suffolk, mentioned “over-testing was ruining the pupils’ schooling”.

Heather Chandler, one of many mother and father, mentioned it was “far too early” for the youngsters, aged six and 7, to be examined.

The college mentioned it didn’t wish to remark.

Chair of governors Rick Gillingham mentioned they’d not stand within the mother and father’ method and “over-testing is actually one thing we would not associate with”.

Ms Chandler mentioned the Sats, which check English and maths, had been pointless and a waste of time.

“At that age they need to be out enjoying and investigating the world round them, not being taught to do a check,” she mentioned.

“It provides further strain they do not actually need and takes numerous academics’ time away from what they need to be doing.”

Lavinia Musolino, whose seven-year-old son Enzo is in 12 months 2, mentioned: “It is a actually optimistic strategy to stand as much as the present authorities and say we do not agree.”

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Lavinia Musolino

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Lavinia Musolino has opted for her son Enzo, seven, to not take the Sats check

Final month, Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn announced he would scrap Sats if his get together got here to energy, saying the transfer would assist enhance instructor recruitment and retention.

As an alternative, Labour would introduce different assessments which might be based mostly on “the clear precept of understanding the educational wants of each little one,” he mentioned.

However Colleges Minister Nick Gibb mentioned abolishing Sats can be “a retrograde step”.

He mentioned it could “preserve mother and father at nighttime” by stopping them from figuring out how good their kid’s college was at educating maths, studying and writing.

The federal government has already mentioned it was phasing out Sats for pupils aged seven, and as an alternative it wished to herald a brand new baseline evaluation for reception lessons.