‘It was deathly dull and boring and stressful': Listening to Parents Voices on Primary School Testing

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Abstract

Many parents are unhappy with the way testing has altered, expanded and taken hold in Primary schools in recent years. Some parents chose to express their objections to Primary Standardised Assessment Tests (SATs) in particular, through taking part in collective strike action. While research into testing abounds, the opinions of parents and their role in such activism remains less explored. This paper draws from a qualitative pilot study into parental opinions on Primary school testing. Here, some preliminary thematic analysis is presented, giving a flavour of the data. Parents are concerned with the effect and emotional stress on children, the content and structure of testsandwith broader impact on the curriculum and on classroom teaching. They are impassioned, articulate and forthright.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-426
Number of pages12
JournalForum
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

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  • SoE Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education

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