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Call to axe kids' tests.

A teaching union today called for a radical overhaul of the national curriculum and an end to testing of schoolchildren under 16.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), which was also today expected to call for an end to state funding for all faith schools by 2020, said the curriculum should instead be designed locally, in conjunction with a national framework. Under the national curriculum, which was created by the 1988 Education Reform Act, four Key Stages were set up - for children aged five to 16. The union said teachers should decide what would be taught and Key Stage tests for all children under 16 should be axed. Pupils should continue to be tested at 16 and 18.

The proposals were being debated at the ATL annual conference in Gateshead, Tyneside, where members were also expected to condemn Prime Minister Tony Blair's plans for handing religious groups a bigger role in state education.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 11, 2006
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