Someone shared a link with me this morning about boycotting SATS on May 3rd by keeping children at home. My little girl is in year 2 and she is doing the KS1 SATS this year. All I can remember from both parents evenings this year is her teacher talking to me about the 'tests' and how they are 'even harder' this year. Now I fully agree that children should be monitored to see how well they are doing in their English & Maths...sorry Literacy & Numeracy...but not tested so formally that both the children and the teachers are consumed by them and become stressed and unhappy. I have recently been helping my husband look for a new job and never have I seen so many job adverts for teachers. I can only guess that teachers are either suffering from so much stress that they're off sick or that they're now so disillusioned from teaching that they don't go back.
Primary school used to be fun, learning through creativity and celebrating everyone's individuality. Now it seems like the government are using schools as a big political experiment, sucking all the enjoyment out of learning and turning children into robots! I had never considered home schooling until recently but if the government continues along this road of destruction with my child's education, I'll have no hesitation in pulling her out of formal school and teaching her myself!