Response to 3rd May petition

Here’s the response we received recently to our petition.  We thought you would be interested to see how the views of (at that point) over 47,000 are viewed by the DfE. It seems Nicky’s still not listening…. she’s not even replying!
We’ll be responding with a letter of our own stating our disappointment…  if you want to do the same the best address to use is  ministers@education.gsi.gov.uk   or you could try Nick Gibb instead gibbn@parliament.uk
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10 thoughts on “Response to 3rd May petition

  1. See Michael Moore”s current film, Where to Invade Next re the outstanding Finnish education system — primary schools morning only, no homework, and no testing!

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  2. Yet another demonstration of government intransigence in the face of overwhelming internationally compiled evidence that the testing regime in the UK has failed children at all levels of the education system but expecially so at the Primary stage.

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  3. Are you really surprised that Nicky Morgan has not replied? Apart from anything else it is bad manners and not a good example from a Minister for Education.The letter covers all issues very well and represents views from the people who are involved with education and child psychology. As a grand parent of children 10 &12 years old I and a retired Primary teacher I feel very strongly about the psychological effect of the pressure being put on our children.My grand daughter who is”on target” with her school work complains they rarely do art or DT these days. She is often reluctant to go to school and already says she is dreading SATS next year.Although we want her to do her best the pressure is not coming from home.We are so concerned at her disaffected attitude and sudden lack of confidence that her parents have requested she is seem by a child psychologist which began last week. This lack of confidence is not apparent in other areas. She is a confident swimmer and snorkeler.She rides her own horse and takes part in competitions and she can hold a very sensible conversation with adults. We feel so frustrated by her change in attitude towards school and feel that the pressure and too high expectations of SATS is largely responsible.No one wants their child to be under this pressure it’s hard enough for them to cope in our society. I hope that by letting the real experts have more say in the curriculum and how it is delivered.Learning does not have to be a chore it should be interesting and motivate our children to want to find out more.Lets put even more pressure on the government to listen to our views.

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  4. The letter from the DfE is derisory and patronising. It gives scant regard to the stress that many children suffer from SATs tests and simply passes the buck – as always – onto teachers to cope with or mitigate this. Most teachers know that this testing is unnecessary in order to assess the progress of pupils in key subjects but, with the heavy hand of Ofsted on their shoulder, head teachers and governors know that they have no choice but to conform to the narrow, short-sighted agenda of Ms Morgan and her colleagues.

    I’m very glad that your campaign has highlighted this issue and I’ll continue to do what I can to support it.

    PS – My children went to a Steiner-Waldorf school to avoid the sort of one-size-fits-all straight jacket approach of the Tories. I’m not suggesting that this sort of system is for everyone but it might be beneficial for Ms Morgan to have a look at how these schools approach education and the results they achieve.

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  5. What an absolutely appalling response! There has been no consideration whatsoever given to the issues raised by very concerned parents and teachers alike. It seems that what is being said is ” Thank-you for your conserns but we’re going to do as we please anyway”. Shame on the department of education for their complete lack of sensitivity regarding the well being of our children.

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  6. As a year 6 teacher, I feel that I have let my pupils down. I thought the unions would boycott the SATs, but they did not and this current cohort have suffered. Let’s hope the boycott happens in the next academic year so that we can prevent future children suffering in the same way. The NUT said they would consider boycotting at an appropriate time. Surely now is that time? If the government aren’t listening to parents and teachers, it’s up to the unions to listen – and stand up for education and our children.

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  7. This reply is shocking. “It is clear”, to coin a phrase, that the ministers themselves have been nowhere near a primary school during test week. How can you yeast children in a no pressure way when the tests have to be in exam conditions? No-one would argue that the basics need to be there, but the SPAG test was ridiculous (and contained grammatical errors). The maths test started with a humdinger of a question…not a gentle opener to help the nervous settle down. Why don’t these people visit real schools and see the effects of all this. On top of it all, obesity will continue all the time young children are required to come home and sit in front of a computer doing homework. At primary school I spent my free time (NO homework) out in the fields, climbing tres or cycling in my (unfenced) playground.
    I now have a degree ( from when they were worth something) and a post graduate qualification.

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  8. I got exactly the same letter as did my daughter, we addressed our letters to Nicky Morgan and it was signed Nick Gibb. I also contacted my local mp who sent me the same response!

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