Voice welcomes consultation on reforms to primary assessment system

Date: 30.03.17
Voice has welcomed the announcement by the DfE of a consultation on primary assessment.

30 March 2017

Voice welcomes consultation on reforms to primary assessment system

Voice: the union for education professionals has welcomed the announcement today (30 March 2017) by the Department for Education (DfE) of a consultation on primary assessment.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We welcome the consultation, and we will respond to it.

“The current system has placed unacceptable burdens on both children and school staff.

"We hope that the proposals will indeed result in less testing and a reduced burden on teachers and pupils.

“Our recent survey on the impact of primary school National Curriculum tests (SATs) on  our teacher, headteacher and support staff members found that 81% of respondents had seen a dramatic increase in their marking workload. There was also  a huge impact on the amount of time spent working at home and on planning and creating resources. 

“Narrowing of the curriculum was also reported as preparations for the tests took up a large amount of time.

“Pupil tiredness was cited as a contributory factor to poor pupil behaviour and a  lack of concentration in class.  Respondents also reported a worrying increase in pupils’ anxiety.” 

Further information:


Government to consult on reforms to primary assessment system

Statement to Parliament

Primary assessment in England Open consultation

Primary school pupil assessment: Rochford Review recommendations Open consultation


November 2016:

Voice’s SATs survey (and written evidence to Commons Committee) Response from Nick Gibb MP

October 2016

Statement on Primary Assessment

Comment on the Voice Blog


Voice Press Office
Email: pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk

General Secretary Deborah Lawson
Email: deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk

Tel: 01332 372337