Children are being forced to sit up to 40 tests – and hundreds more practice papers – before they leave school, headteachers warned yesterday.
The Government’s “obsession” with testing is damaging education and turning young people into “fodder for statistical bean counting”, according to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
At primary school alone, children may be expected to sit up to 23 tests, not including the 117-point tick-box survey which teachers have to complete to judge the progress of four- or five-year-olds in the reception year.
The claims came just days after Alan Smithers, a leading Government adviser and professor of education at Buckingham University, said schools under Labour had been turned into “factories” which harmed children by subjecting them to repeated exams.
Heads warn of ‘factory’ schools