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Discussion of possible SATS tests boycott by some schools

Discussion of possible SATS tests boycott by some schools
Key Info
  • Discussion of possible SATS tests boycott by some schools
  • Duration: 02:12
  • Primary teachers and pupils give their views on the SATS tests, used in English schools to assess standards. John Bangs, an NUT spokesperson, explains that teachers feel constrained to teach to the test to safeguard the results of the school, with a detrimental effect upon the curriculum. Ed Balls, Minister for Children, Schools and Families, says the SATS process will not be scrapped but is subject to expert review. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 10 April 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Persuasion, Argument and Discussion

  • Keywords: opinions, stress, exams, SATS, curriculum, teachers, pupils, views, politics
Ideas for use in class
  • Pupils will absorb subject specific vocabulary and gain a broad appreciation of the political debate surrounding SAT testing. Gathering awareness of the views of a range of speakers, pupils will be able to engage in informed debate in this arena. Following rich speaking and listening opportunities, pupils could ultimately present their argument as a formal letter, magazine article or discursive essay.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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