EXAMS that put “pointless pressure” on kids at ages 7 and 11 would be abolished under the Greens and academy schools would be brought back into the control of local authorities, the party said yesterday.
Freeing teachers and children from national Sats tests will be at the heart of the party’s education policy, which promises to restore “enjoyment, creativity and inspiration” in learning.
Launching the plans on the Isle of Wight, the Green Party’s education spokeswoman, secondary school teacher Vix Lowthion, also promised a £7 billion cash boost for education to bridge the funding gap created by Tory cuts.
She said: “We want to create an inspiring education system that transforms lives and transforms Britain, but that can’t happen without the very basic foundations being in place, and this government has been removing them brick by brick.
“How are schools meant to prepare children for life when 99 per cent will suffer from funding cuts and children and teachers are subjected to pointless pressurised testing?
“Getting rid of Sats tests would be one big step towards putting the enjoyment, creativity and inspiration back into school and ensure teachers are free to teach.”