3 things we can do after 3rd May…

We had an amazingly successful #KidsStrike3rdMay day yesterday! Press are reporting tens of thousands of children off school in protest of this Government’s testing regime.

Thank you so much for all of your fantastic support up and down the country. You have put so much time and effort in into organising events that really engaged our children and inspired them to believe that we CAN change things by working together. Most importantly they had fun whilst learning!

Please bookmark and share: http://bit.ly/KidsStrike3rdMayNow to see some of the highlights we have picked out

So what now….?

We have shown together that we can rally a country and we have demonstrated clearly just how much support there is out there for the teachers and Government working together to create a more appropriate and successful assessment structure and curriculum for our children.

All this happened in 5 weeks, and much as some of the media would like to believe otherwise, it came from nothing more than 5 parents with a shared view on their own children’s education who were frustrated as it seemed no-one was doing anything. It has now spread to gain support from tens of thousands of parents, teachers and Headteachers across the country and we need to ensure it doesn’t stop here.

The NAHT and NUT have both discussed taking action against the tests and we are waiting with baited breath to see what the outcome of this will be. We, as parents, have shown that we support the teachers – we hope that they will now be able to act upon this – NOW.

We want to make it very clear that we need to see action for OUR children THIS YEAR in addition to an review of primary assessment for 2017.

In the meantime however, we also need to use the power we have as parents:

  • We all need to talk to our MPs – face to face if possible – a letter is too easy to ignore… We need to show them that they need to listen and to share our words – the voices that they represent.
  • We need to talk to our children’s teachers and Headteachers to show them that we would support a boycott of SATs tests and a change in the curriculum. Ask them how we can help. Many parents following this campaign are teachers – talk to other teachers too!
  • We need to keep the conversation going with other parents. Many across the country did not know about this campaign until the last minute if at all. The support yesterday was amazing – imagine how much bigger it could have been with longer to build support…

We all had conversations yesterday with like-minded people who, working together, can achieve so much. There are many different ways that this can be taken forward and we are looking at how to do that. YOU can do that by setting up local groups to share your ideas and to rally Parliament.

Our petition is nearing 50,000. The support for this campaign will keep growing – if we ALL help it to do so. We do NOT want to take our children out of school. We want these inappropriate tests to stop!

Nicky – are you going to listen to us?

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4 thoughts on “3 things we can do after 3rd May…

  1. I think Nicky has a duty to listen! Section 9 of the Education Act 1996 clearly states that pupils are to be educated in accordance with their parents’ wishes. ‘In exercising or performing all their respective powers and duties under the Education Acts the Secretary of State and Local Education Authorities’ shall have regard to the general principles that pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents, so far as that is compatible with the provision of efficient instruction and training and the avoidance of unreasonable public expenses’.

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  2. My partner, 6 year old daughter and I were at the Preston Park kids & parent strike yesterday. Well done to all involved with the organising of the Let Our Kids be Kids campaign.
    It was great to be amongst so many like minded parents.
    Can anybody confirm a parent’s legal position should they refuse to have their children subjected to the year 2 SAT’s?

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    • I was informed by school yesterday that they can provide work for the child to do at home,therefore marked down as ‘educated elsewhere’-and the SATS mark goes based purely on teacher assessment.

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  3. I understand that unless I take my son out of school for the whole month of May then the head has to get him to ‘perform’ the tests at some point. And of course if I do this then I may be fined. I personally feel that as a parent who has the legal duty to ensure my child receives a suitable education, it is a nonsense to then prevent me from removing him from sitting the SATS i.e. receiving an unsuitable education. Tests are not educational.

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