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Volume 52 Number 2 2010     ISSN 0963-8253

How Did We Get Here and What Does the Future Hold?

Clyde Chitty. Editorial. Education plc

Derek Gillard. Hobson’s Choice: education policies in the 2010 General Election

Patrick Yarker. Representative Refusals: what comprehensives keep out, and what ministers keep to themselves

Michael Armstrong. The Cambridge Primary Review: a reply to R.J.Campbell

Stewart Ranson. Returning Education to Layering Horizons?

John Wadsworth. The Simple View of Education or Education Policy for Dummies

Colin Richards. Education Policy and Practice ‘under’ New Labour: an epistolary critique

Clive Griggs. Education and the Private Finance Initiative

Warwick Mansell. Has New Labour’s Numbers Drive Done Lasting Damage to State Education?

Trevor Fisher. The Death of Meritocracy: exams and university admissions in crisis

Peter Flack. Another School is Possible: developing positive alternatives to academies

Jeff Serf. Bringing Them Together: what children think about the world in which they live and how it could be improved

Clyde Chitty. Brian Simon and FORUM


The Death of the Comprehensive High School? Historical, Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives (Barry M. Franklin & Gary McCulloch, Eds), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

Home is Where One Starts From: one woman’s memoir (Barbara Tizard), reviewed by Michael Armstrong
Education and Social Integration: comprehensive schooling in Europe (Susanne Wiborg), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

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Time to Scrap All SATs


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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.