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Teaching unions fall out over tests 'boycott'.

A ROW has broken out between teaching unions over a threatened boycott of next year's Sats exams.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said teachers were unlikely to be willing to support a proposed boycott put forward by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), and the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

But the NAHT said it was up to their members to decide, and that ATL should not "speculate".

The NAHT and NUT say that continuing the tests, taken by 11-year-olds in English, maths and science, beyond this year is "unacceptable".

But Dr Bousted said yesterday she believes the move will be "undeliverable".

She said: "I don't think the action is deliverable.

"It is one thing for the NUT executive and the NAHT council to get worked up about this, it is quite another for NAHT members to take what will be an unlawful action.

While the NAHT council might be gung ho, ready to do this, I don't think the members will be."

NAHT general secretary Mick Brookes said: "What we are doing is asking members what they think.

The NAHT and the NUT can make their minds up themselves."
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