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Let Kids Be Kids

Parent led group campaigning against high stakes SAT testing in primary schools.

Let Kids Be Kids was launched in 2016 by parents who’ve had enough… enough of endless testing, enough of teachers not being trusted to teach, enough of an Ofsted driven, dull, dry curriculum aimed solely at passing National Curriculum Tests (SATs). On 3rd May 2016 we used our Parent Power and took our children out of school as part of a Kid’s Strike – over 8000 parents joined us in the hope that this would encourage schools to boycott SAT tests for Year 2 and Year 6 pupils and make the government listen to their concerns. Following the protest in 2016 a review was launched and an Education Select Committee investigation into SAT testing recommended the end to high stakes testing... and yet they still continue! Unions threaten repeatedly to strike over excessive pressure caused by high stakes tests... and yet they still continue! There's mainstream awareness that high stakes tests are a major factor in the growing mental health crisis amongst children...and yet they still continue! Let Kids Be Kids is now part of a strong coalition of teachers, teaching unions, child development experts, educational psychologists and parent groups - all arguing strongly that children are more than a score.

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