U-turn on reading tests - but will it last?

Janet Downs's picture
The Times Educational Supplement reports that league tables for 5 year-olds are to be scrapped.

This is welcome news although the petition organiser said she was keeping the petition open in case the Government decided to resurrect the tables after the publication of the Tickell review of early years education in the Spring. This might be a wise move. The Bookstart scheme, reprieved in December, has discovered that its funding has actually been reduced by 50%. And despite the Government’s U-turn on funding for Schools Sports Partnerships, three East Midland SSPs face an 80% cut in funding, and 3 jobs are to go in Lincolnshire.

Could it be that these U-turns are reversed, in whole or in part, when the outcries have died down?
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Francis Gilbert's picture
Mon, 28/02/2011 - 20:47

Yes, I think you're right Janet. I've spoken to people who are part of Sports Schools Partnerships and basically the programmes are being more or less totally dismantled. The U-turns are not actually U-turns at all, but ways of diffusing dissent.

Shane Rae's picture
Tue, 01/03/2011 - 09:42

Janet, there is no U-Turn on reading tests whatsoever. In fact, the league table for 5-y-o's would have reported on their 'progress' (or whatever) before they even took the test. I agree getting shot of the tables is great but let's be clear-there WILL be an age 6 Reading (phonics) test.

Shane Rae's picture
Tue, 01/03/2011 - 09:44

ps Francis, our SSP rep has been made redundant already-after a brief period where we thought she was safe. The effect on the provision of sport on our schools will be massive.

Francis Gilbert's picture
Wed, 02/03/2011 - 10:35

Thanks for this Shane. It's true in my school too. There's a real story here that hasn't been highlighted...

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