Announcing plans for an inspiring education system, the Green Party has promised to abolish SATs tests and end the academies programme. The party says it wants an end to the practice of testing children from the age of seven through SATs, freeing teacher and pupils from “pointless, pressured testing”.
Darren Woodiwiss, Green Party Candidate for Harborough said, “This announcement will be welcomed by parents, teachers and pupils everywhere. Teachers already know their pupils’ capability; and so they shouldn’t need to put 7 year olds, and themselves, through the unnecessary stress that SATs cause.”
Turning to academies, Darren added, “The academies programme has seen schools taken away from communities and put into the hands of multi academy trusts and businesses. It is yet another example of creeping privatisation.”
Going forwards, the Green Party wants to see £7billion of investment in the education system to fill the funding gap created by years of underinvestment and cuts. Figures show that by 2020, 99% of schools will have been hit by a funding cut – the average primary school will have lost £103,000, and the average secondary school will have lost £470,000.
In Harborough, Welland Park Academy will see a budget reduction of £135201 by 2019 while Robert Smythe will lose a massive £223,183 . Darren said, “These cuts will hit hard, and if elected, I would fight to get them reversed.”
Launching the party’s plans for schools, Vix Lowthion, Green Party education spokesperson and secondary school teacher, said:
“We want to create an inspiring education system that transforms lives and transforms Britain – but that can’t happen without the very basic foundations being in place and this Government has been removing them brick by brick.
“We need to make up for the enormous shortfall, the massive neglect, in our education system by plugging the £7billion spending deficit. At the same time as schools are getting less resources, more is being asked of teachers and pupils. Getting rid of SATs tests would be one big step towards putting the enjoyment, creativity, and inspiration back into school and ensure teachers are free to teach.”