As primary school pupils across Bournemouth await their SATS results, Liberal Democrats have called for primary school tests to be axed.
Commenting on figures released today by the Department for Education on Key Stage 2 testing in primary schools, former teacher and Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran MP said:
“Schools are facing a mental health and wellbeing crisis fuelled by high-stress tests putting too much pressure on primary school pupils and their teachers.
“The Government’s obsession with these tests means young people are being failed. Instead of preparing students for a future jobs market dominated by Artificial Intelligence, this focus on rote learning and primary school tests is stifling the very traits that robots find hardest to replicate: creativity, empathy, the ability to work as a team.
“It’s about time we end this unnecessary stress on pupils and teachers by scrapping these high-stakes primary school SATs tests.”
Phil Dunn, Parliamentary spokesman for Bournemouth West added, "This policy must not be seen as a criticism of local schools. Many of our primaries here in Bournemouth do a great job of providing a balanced curriculum despite the pressure applied on them from Whitehall.
"As a teacher myself, I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for my colleagues across the town and the country as a whole. I would love for us to be able to implement a curriculum that ditched this fixation on testing and enabled us build on the natural enthusiasm and creativity of our children."