Teachers call for boycott of primary school literacy tests

Teachers are threatening a national boycott of new primary school literacy exams amid claims they will damage children’s education by forcing them to “jump through hoops”.

Schools could refuse to administer an exam in spelling, punctuation and grammar for 11-year-olds in England because it risks promoting a culture of “teaching to the test” at the expense of providing a broad curriculum.

The National Union of Teachers said the exam for 600,000 pupils – being introduced for the first time this year – will waste class time and fail to improve children’s literacy.

Activists are also opposed to a controversial new reading test for six-year-olds.

At the union’s annual conference in Liverpool, teachers voted to launch a campaign that could lead to a boycott of the “pointless and silly” exams in 2014.

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