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SCRAP TESTING AT 14, SAY HEADS

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National tests to be taken by hundreds of thousands of teenagers next month are a waste of time and money, head tea...
National tests to be taken by hundreds of thousands of teenagers next month are a waste of time and money, head teachers said at the weekend, reported The Independent on Sunday (p8). Some called for them to be scrapped.

The Secondary Heads Association said the national curriculum tests for 14-year-olds - known as Keystage 3 - offer little useful information to schools and do nothing to tell parents about their children's progress.

SHA general secretary John Dunford said the tests in English, maths and science had simply replaced schools' own internal exams which he said gave teacehrs much more reliable information. He claimed the tests distracted children from the real goal of getting good GCSE results and cut into valuable teaching time.
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