Pauline Town, 1st June 2018

NUT18: Baseline Assessment

Motion 47 was proposed by Waltham Forest and seconded by Lambeth.

The motion stated that the Government is going to keep in place Key Stage 2 tests, to remove Key Stage 1 tests and replace them with a baseline test. Additionally it will continue its phonics check and bring in a times table check in Year 4.

Baseline tests were abandoned in 2015, after a successful campaign. The motion highlighted all the concerns that we have with the above, and expressed its disappointment with NAHT'S support for this test.

It expressed its concerns about the effect on young children's mental health, and spoke out against the profit being made by private companies selling these tests.

It concluded to call for a Special Conference in Autumn 2019 to ascertain levels of support to not take part in the pilot, to support for a boycott of both SATs and Baseline testing in 2020.; to ballot schools involved in the pilot for baseline in April 2019; to continue to campaign with all interested groups; and finally to work hard to achieve a successful boycott ballot in 2020.

An amendment from the Executive deleted the boycott ballot, the Special Conference, and the ballot of schools involved in the pilot. Instead it supported a National campaign to encourage schools to highlight the negative e ffects of the testing system on our children, to work with all groups including parents etc. It proposed a critique of baseline assessment, to be circulated to all primary members. Additionally to seek support from NAHT. And then to do an indicative survey of members in primary/infant schools to see where there is support for a challenge including ballots.

This amendment was carried.

Another amendment from Hackney and Lambeth highlighted concerns about Ofsted's Bold Beginnings report,and the move to bring more formality into Early years education. This amendment was carried.

The main motion as amended by the Executive's main amendment was carried. However strongly speaking against was Robert Illingworth (Notts and Executive Member). He pointed out that the Executive amendment watered down the action points of the main motion. He also referred to the next motion on a Boycott of SATs, and said that delegates should realise that the President would rule out of order several parts of the next motion, if this motion as amended, was passed. He concluded by saying that he would continue to campaign against SATs as he did not want his children having to take these tests.


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