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Chanting teachers welcome vote to boycott primary tests

Union to ballot members on action to halt SATs for seven and 11-year-olds

Should the tests for 11-year-olds be scrapped?

Yes

Stephen Pickles

With all the maelstrom of preparing for the SATs (national curriculum tests for 11-year-olds), you get a narrowing of the curriculum in the two years leading up to them.

Balls: test refusal is unlawful

The government last night gave a blunt warning to teachers ahead of a vote tomorrow that boycotting national curriculum tests for 600,000 11-year-olds would be illegal. The intervention raised the stakes in the row over the tests with members of the National Union of Teachers, who plan to back a boycott of tests in maths, English and science at their conference in Cardiff today. Aides to the Schools Secretary Ed Balls said it would be unlawful for headteachers not to deliver the tests.

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