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Education Crisis


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FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 54 Number 3  2012     ISSN 0963-8253

Michael Fielding. Editorial OPEN ACCESS

Peter Moss. Readiness, Partnership, a Meeting Place? Some Thoughts on the Possible Relationship between Early Childhood and Compulsory School Education

Robin Alexander. Neither National Nor a Curriculum?

Colin Richards. Omnishambles: reactions to the second year of Coalition education policies

Jon Berry. Teachers’ Professional Autonomy in England: are neo-liberal approaches incontestable?

Ron Glatter. Towards Whole System Improvement

John Morgan. The Political Economies of Radical Education

Bernard Barker. Grammar Schools: brief flowering of social mobility?

Jane Martin. London’s Jewish Communities and State Education

Catherine Burke. The Decorated School: past potency and present patronage


Creating Learning Without Limits (Mandy Swann, Alison Peacock, Susan Hart & Mary Jane Drummond), introduced by Clyde Chitty, reviewed by Tony Booth and Colin Richards


The Death and Life of the Great American School System: how testing and choice are undermining education (Diane Ravitch), reviewed by Clyde Chitty
Changing Schools: alternative ways to make a world of difference (Terry Wrigley, Pat Thomson & Bob Lingard, Eds), reviewed by Michael Fielding


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Time to Scrap All SATs


Press release from the

Nick Grant 07958.542872
Jon Berry 07721.040631

Now that Key Stage 3 SATs are gone it’s…

The Anti-SATs Alliance is launching its campaign to finally abolish all SATs testing in schools.

On Wednesday 12 November in London children’s author Alan Gibbons, Islington primary school head Sue Seifert, author Warwick Mansell, and Camden parent Phoebe Watkins will get the campaign underway

“There was jubilation in secondary schools last week when Minister Ed Balls scrapped Key Stage 3 SATs for 14 year-olds,” explains organiser Nick Grant, “but there was anger in primary schools that the tests remain for 7 and 11 year-olds.”

“The Anti-SATs Alliance’s new year ambition is that staff and parents will boycott SATs in primary schools in 2009. They are past their sell-by date. We also want school league tables to be banned.”

“We believe that the government wants to keep Key Stage 2 SATs so that league tables can continue to set school against school in the educational marketplace. They can scrap Key Stage 3 tests because GCSEs provide the raw data for secondary league tables.”

“But SATs have no educational value. They are too crude to give students or parents any useful assessment of progress. They constrict the curriculum and teaching styles. Their only purpose is to embed wasteful competition as the core ethos in education – when co-operation is the natural ethos in schools.”

“The Anti-SATs Alliance is planning more meetings across England and Wales and a national petition for all school stakeholders.”

” UK Ministers simply do not understand how hated SATs are. Kids are bored and stressed by them. Parents are misled to believe in them. Teachers are fed up of the importance given them. Meanwhile, we believe that UK Ministers could do worse than watch season four of the HBO TV series The Wire, which shows in graphic detail how tests wreck young people’s educational experience. This is reinforced in Linda Perlstein’s excellent book about a typical US school – ‘Tested’.”*


The London meeting will be held in the Small Hall of Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, opposite Euston station at 7pm. Free entrance. Press and media welcome.