Call for abolition of Key Stage 2

AN education chief has called for the abolition of Key Stage 2 tests on the day that results were released. Cllr Bob Wharton, member for children and families, has blasted the exams as discredited and said they encouraged schools to ignore some subjects.

AN education chief has called for the abolition of Key Stage 2 tests on the day that results were released.

Cllr Bob Wharton, member for children and families, has blasted the exams as discredited and said they encouraged schools to ignore some subjects.

The Liberal Democrat councillor for Sudbury ward made the call as Brent pupils showed themselves to be ahead of the London average percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above in maths, fractionally behind in science and behind in English.

Cllr Wharton said: "The system of testing in schools is becoming increasingly discredited. Last year the company organising the marking of tests proved incapable of doing it and was sacked by the Government.


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"At that time the Government abolished Key Stage 3 tests, I think it's high time they abolished Key Stage 2 tests as well.

"The tests encourage schools to concentrate only on teaching the subjects which will be tested. What we need is a wider and more imaginative curriculum that gives more freedom to teachers and pupils."

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The percentage of boys attaining level 4 or higher in English was 74, which was the same as last year but down on the London average of 75.

Girls had a huge drop from last year in the same subject falling from 85 per cent to 79, which was also below the London average of 84.

In maths boys leapt from 77 per cent last year to 80 this year, moving them above the London average of 79 while girls also improved from 80 per cent to 81, which again was above the London average for their sex of 79.

Boys stayed the same from last year in science on 84 per cent which was just below the London average of 86 while girls dropped from 88 to 86 per cent, which was two per cent below the London average.

For full results and statistics visit www.dcsf.gov.uk

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