**** Tuesday 3rd May Statement****
Today we stand in solidarity for the well being and happiness of our children. It would be lovely if at 12.30 we could all read this to our children together on this very special day.
This is a message to all our wonderful supporters and especially their wonderful children!
Happy May 3rd to you all!
Let Our Kids Be Kids wanted to thank you all for your support today – it’s a really special day for parents and children and schools and teachers everywhere – you are a part of history today and should feel very proud!
Today there are THOUSANDS of parents and children just like you who are all off school doing fun learning… and not just where you live! There’s people in Newcastle, people in Norwich, people in London, people in Liverpool… Plymouth… Poole, Manchester…, Morecombe… just about everywhere in England where SAT tests take place. How exciting is that?!
At every step of this campaign we have made sure people know that your school and your teachers are doing an excellent job… we are NOT unhappy with them. We are unhappy with the people in government who tell your teachers what to do. Even though your teachers told them they thought the SAT tests were too tricky and confusing this year the people in government didn’t listen! Perhaps they didn’t open the letters or read their emails?!
Your teachers and head teachers are paid by the government and so can’t make too much fuss – it’s not a good idea to shout at your boss!
But your mums and dads don’t get paid to be your parents – they do their job as parents only because they love you and want you to be happy, they want you to love going to school and to be excited by learning new things. We think tests are good sometimes but that this year the tests are not quite right. We wrote letters too and made petitions but they didn’t read our letters either… there are millions of people in our country so maybe they didn’t get to ours. We know that the government always read the papers and so thought doing something a bit crazy like all having a day off school all at once would be in the papers and on the telly!
Now the people in the government who make the rules will know that there is a problem and will try to do something about it.
Thank you for helping us today.
Mums and Dads (and grannies, grandads, friends etc!) please know that each and every one of you has made a difference today.
We know that we are helping teaching unions to build up a picture of incompetence in this Department of Education and we know that the campaign has been influential for headteachers who have called for not publishing the results of this year’s SAT tests and for a complete review of primary assessment… including no more tests in year 2. This is AMAZING and we were a part of it! Hooray for us!
Please know that WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!!!! Please tell those people who said we couldn’t change things that they were wrong. There is power in people standing together as one and fighting against things when they are wrong. We did it!
Nicky Morgan is watching today (it’s in the papers and on the telly after all!) and we truly hope she does the right thing and calls these tests off for 2016… for our children… now.
We stand together on May 3rd to ask Nicky Morgan if she is listening now!?
Maybe if we all shout it together she’ll hear us… there are thousands of us after all… can you shout as loud as you can?! After 3 we want you to shout ARE YOU LISTENING NOW! 1… 2… 3…
ARE YOU LISTENING NOW?!?!?!
Enjoy the rest of your day and when you go back to your school tomorrow say a big thank you to your teacher… they work so very hard to make school as fun as possible for you and do an amazing job!