Teachers to debate if schools are becoming "exam factories"

By Sam Cooper | 02/03/2016 0 comments

Teachers to debate if schools are becoming 'exam factories'

TEACHERS, councillors and researchers will hold a special question and answer session at Rotherham Town Hall next week about the impact of exams on schoolchildren.

Parents, community groups, teachers, governors are invited to the session, organised by the Rotherham National Union of Teachers (NUT), which will run from 6.30pm until 8pm on Tuesday, March 8.

The panel will include Merryn Hutchings, author of the ‘Exam Factories?’ report, Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT, Lucie Russell, director of campaigns at young minds, year-three teacher Lindsey Thorpe and Cllr Gordon Watson, deputy leader of Rotherham Borough Council.

Pat McLaughlin, Rotherham NUT President, said: “Teachers, parents, and everyone concerned about the impact of school accountability measures on children and young people should come to our event - Are our schools Exam Factories?

“The Government's approach to testing and targets in schools is harming education, the teaching profession and children.

“The meeting will provide an opportunity for children's charities, community groups and teachers to discuss what we can do to challenge the causes and consequences of the exam factories culture in schools.”

For more information or to register for the event visit tinyurl.com/NUTtalk.

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