Primary School children need to Play, Create and Move – not cram for tests!
Let Kids Be Kids was originally formed by a small group of primary school parents who’d had enough… enough of endless testing, enough of teachers not being trusted to teach, enough of an Ofsted driven, dull, dry curriculum aimed solely at passing National Curriculum Tests (SATs).
In 2016 over 8000 parents used their Parent Power and took our kids out of school as part of the LKBK Kid’s Strike in the hope that this would encourage schools to boycott SAT tests for Year 2 and Year 6 pupils and make the government listen to their concerns. As a result an Education Select Committee investigation into SATs recommended the end to high stakes testing…and eventually… in 2024, 8 years later, Year 2 SATS are becoming non compulsory in schools.
LKBK has joined the MTaS coalition and are delighted to work alongside teachers, headteachers, researchers and psychologists to encourage the scrapping of Year 6 SATs in Primary Schools. There is widespread recognition that SATs, and other compulsory government tests such as the Phonics Test in Year 1 and Timetables Test in Year 4, create a pretty toxic learning environment for England’s children.
We’ve become increasingly convinced that there are much better ways to educate children and that the draconian methods in which the education system sits need to go… we are just one of many voices saying the very same!