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Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas welcomes plans to scrap ‘outdated’ Sats

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 31 March 2017

Dagenham & Rainham MP Jon Cruddas  has welcomed plans to scrap Sats for seven-year-olds.  Picture: PA/Jane Mingay.

Dagenham & Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has welcomed plans to scrap Sats for seven-year-olds. Picture: PA/Jane Mingay.

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Jon Cruddas MP has welcomed plans to scrap “outdated” exams for seven-year-olds.

Under new proposals the compulsory key stage 1 Sats – which test pupils’ reading, writing and maths skills – could be axed and replaced with a new teacher assessment for four and five-year-olds before they start school.

Mr Cruddas, who represents the Dagenham & Rainham constituency, commented: “It has been widely argued that the pressure of exam-based systems at such a young age could have a negative impact on children, so this move is a welcome one.

“Many parents across the constituency that I have spoken to have explained that they feel exams so early on don’t provide an accurate measure of a child’s wider learning development. Many of the borough’s primary schools have adopted innovative means of learning in recent years, and I feel that the notion of exams so early on is an outdated one.”

Barking MP Margaret Hodge added: “My priority as the member for Parliament is ensuring that children are progressing through school and are given all the opportunities they can to reach their full potential.”

The National Association of Head Teachers has been working with the Department for Education on the planned changes, which will now go out to consultation for 12 weeks.

What do you think about the plans? Email phoebe.cooke@archant.co.uk to have your say.


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