New assessment arrangements for pupils at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are raising concerns about teacher workload and stress in the classroom.
The National Union of Teachers and others have expressed a number of concerns at the new primary school assessment regime and its implementation. There are also concerns that the higher standards expected under the new regime are beyond the reach of too many children.
Of course, we must drive up standards for all children, and in particular on literacy and numeracy. However, constant changes to curriculum and assessment arrangements and a genuine workload issue have contributed to a serious morale problem for teachers. Attempts by Tory ministers to micro-manage are causing confusion and delays in lesson and exam preparation and undermining teachers’ ability to teach effectively. This has also contributed to a teacher shortage crisis which is a serious threat to standards.
We need stability in the curriculum and assessment regime.
I support Labour’s proposal for schools to be able to develop their own curriculums to put national frameworks into practice.