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Primary Charter Coordinates Letter Against Baseline Testing

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Activists from the Primary Charter coordinated a letter to the Guardian signed by 80 activists including Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen:

The new baseline assessment tests being brought in to primary schools will mean pupils are assessed in the first couple of weeks of reception class. Last month, campaigners including professional associations, unions, academics and educationists called for the tests to be stopped because they: are statistically invalid; will formalise a testing culture from the age of four; will be used to judge teachers and schools; and, most importantly, will be dangerous for children.

Teachers in the NUT will be at their union conference over the Easter weekend, and the first motion on the agenda is one which calls for a different vision for primary education. This debate will centre on the baseline assessment.

The NUT will take a vote on a boycott of the tests. The union will also be asking parents to take part in the campaign by telling schools that they do not want their children to be subjected to this damaging experiment. Schools can bring the tests in this September, 2015. They can opt to use one of the six private providers set to make money from selling the tests to schools.

We do not want these tests to become part of the school routine as it will then be harder to get rid of them. We have the most overtested children in the developed world already, and the addition of the new baseline assessment will drive this test culture to an even younger age. We should not let that happen.
Sara Tomlinson Lambeth NUT and Primary Charter

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/mar/31/philip-pullman-scrap-baseline-tests-four-five-year-olds-primary-school

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/mar/31/testing-times-for-primary-school-pupils-and-labour-education-policies

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Creating a manifesto for primary and early years education

Ikids in playground LIn the run up to the general election, there will be a big debate around education and what it should look like in this country.

The National Union of Teachers’ has launched a fantastic manifesto for education that can be downloaded here.
We would like to follow this example with a manifesto that looks in detail at the changes we would like to see made to early years and primary education.

We are therefor inviting as many people as possible to attend our “creating a manifesto for early years and primary education” meeting on Saturday 8th November, 11am – 2pm at SOAS, central London (room number tbc). Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the NUT will be attending this meeting to talk about how the NUT created their manifesto.

At this event, we will also discuss how we can move towards a boycott of “baseline” tests for four year olds.

Please email primarycharter@yahoo.co.uk if you want to attend.

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Week of activity to campaign for LEA funded nursery places.

We have received this request for support from the Campaign for Real Nursery Education. Please download information about their campaign week here. 

DEAR FRIENDS,
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE INFORMING YOU OF THE NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR REAL NURSERY EDUCATION, EARLY EDUCATION AND TACTYC IN DEFENSE OF THE DECREASING NUMBER OF LOCAL AUTHORITY MAINTAINED NURSERY SCHOOLS.
PLEASE VISIT YOUR LOCAL NURSERY SCHOOLS, ORGANISE VISITS IF YOU ARE A NURSERY SCHOOL AND INVITE THE PRESS!
SPREAD THE MESSAGE : WE ARE TOO GOOD TO LOSE!
MANY THANKS,
SYLVIE, CHAIR, CAMPAIGN FOR REAL NURSERY EDUCATION

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Help us create a manifesto for early years and primary education

Dear Supporter,

In the run up to the general election, there will be a big debate around education and what it should look like in this country.

The National Union of Teachers’ has launched a fantastic manifesto for education that can be downloaded here.

We would like to follow this example with a manifesto that looks in detail at the changes we would like to see made to early years and primary education.

We are therefore inviting as many people as possible to attend our “creating a manifesto for early years and primary education” meeting on Saturday 8th November, venue tbc.

At this event, we will also discuss how we can move towards a boycott of “baseline” tests for four year olds.

More details, including speakers will be sent out shortly but please put this date aside in your diary!