Standard assessment tasks (Sats) again!!!!.

A report, Perspectives on Education: Primary Science, compiled by researchers from Bristol and Durham Universities and published today  by Welcome Trust, will , according to Jessica Shepherd ‘s  account in today’s edition of The Guardian show that children’s interest in science and their understanding of it are being crushed by the compulsory tests they sit at primary school

Pupils in England are being taught to perform well in the tests, rather than having their “natural curiosity of science cultivated and harnessed”, researchers from Bristol and Durham Universities will say in a report.

All 11-year-olds in state schools are examined in science as part of their standard assessment tasks (Sats). The results are used to compile league tables, on which parents and the government judge how good schools and teachers are.

The compilers of the report, Professor Wynne Harlen and Professor Peter Tymms, “argue that despite a rise in the number of passes in Sats science tests between 1995 and 2000, children’s understanding of science has decreased since the 1970s”

Tymms said: “Despite the pass rates, research suggests few students acquire a proper understanding of the science curriculum.

“The purpose of science in primary schools should be to foster a sense of curiosity and positive attitudes in the young child. We suspect that the current national approach to science in primary schools is not impacting on children’s scientific thought and curiosity.”

Now, where have I heard all this, or something very like it  before?

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