Primary Assessment Campaign

Primary Assessment must Change

The fiasco of primary assessment in 2016 must not be repeated next year. Current arrangements for primary assessment are broken and only real and meaningful reform of the system as a whole can fix it. we cannot let the chaos and damage in education carry on unchallenged.

During our general meeting it was agreed unanimously that: Barnsley NUT members would back the call for a full review of curriculum and assessment in primary schools in England, with the suspension of current arrangements while the review is conducted to put an immediate halt to the damage being caused to children, teachers and schools.

If needed Barnsley NUT members support a boycott of the KS1 and KS2 tests to protect children, teachers and schools from another year of damaging accountability and assessment.

To get involved in our campaign please download both the Barnsley NUT Petition and the School Motion here. Together we can make a difference.

Barnsley NUT Primary Assessment Petition

School Group Motion on Primary Assessment

When the motion and petition have been discussed in school by all members please contact us at

If you would like us to attend your school meeting please contact

Nicola Fitzpatrick- or

Emma Hardy-



Have your say on Primary Assessment: respond to the Education Select Committee’s Primary Assessment Inquiry

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 28 October 2016

This is a real opportunity to have your views heard by the Government.

The Education Select Committee is inviting written submissions addressing the following topics:

  • The purpose of primary assessment and how well the current system meets this
  • The advantages and disadvantages of assessing pupils at primary school
  • How the most recent reforms have affected teaching and learning
  • Logistics and delivery of the SATs
  • Training and support needed for teachers and senior leaders to design and implement effective assessment systems
  • Next steps following the most recent reforms to primary assessment
  • Written submissions can be made to the committee via the Parliament web site at this link