Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement yesterday that Labour will scrap the damaging ‘SAT’ testing of 7- and 11-year-olds received a huge standing ovation from assembled teachers at NEU conference
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement yesterday that he will scrap the SAT testing of primary-school children has been widely praised, with even usually lukewarm or hostile commentators recognising the importance of the news to parents and children.
And it received a huge welcome from the teachers who want to properly equip the children they teach and to spare them the enormous stress needless testing causes.
Corbyn – who received a rapturous welcome before even starting his speech – made his announcement while speaking to assembled delegates at the National Education Union (NEU) annual conference in Liverpool and spoke movingly of the anxiety, sleeplessness and illness inflicted on children by the Tory-mandated testing. The reaction as he delivered Labour’s plan was unequivocal:
As the NEU’s joint general secretary said yesterday, ‘Corbyn gets it’. Children, their parents and the professionals who teach him will benefit directly under a Labour government – and not just in the scrapping of SATs.
To end the needless suffering of millions afflicted by poverty, injustice, and inequality, the UK desperately needs Labour in Downing Street.
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