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'Tyranny of testing' will not continue say teachers.

THOUSANDS of parents are to be told their child's education will no longer be disrupted by the "tyranny of testing", headteachers said last night.

Eleven-year-olds due to take Sats next spring will not be prepared for the tests, Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said.

Parents are being "misled" by claims from schools secretary Ed Balls that their child's education will suffer if a boycott by the NAHT, and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) goes ahead, Mr Brookes said. And his insisted children's education will be improved by no testing.

Mr Brookes said the union is to send a letter to parents of current Year 5 children, who would be taking their Sats tests next year.

It comes after the union overwhelmingly passed a resolution at its annual conference in Brighton backing a potential boycott of the primary school tests. The vote came despite a last-ditch bid by Mr Balls to convince delegates not to back the move.

Speaking last night, Mr Brookes said that the letter would go out "fairly soon".

He said: "Some parents will be alarmed by what Ed Balls is saying about disruption to education, we need to reassure parents that's not the case and they are being misled." He went on: "It is extraordinary that the Department for Children, Schools and Families think that spending up to 10 hours a week preparing for the tests is not disrupting children's education. They clearly do not spend enough time in schools."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 4, 2009
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