'It was deathly dull and boring and stressful': listening to parents' voices on primary school testing

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 61 Number 3 (2019)

'It was deathly dull and boring and stressful': listening to parents' voices on primary school testing
LUCY WENHAM, pages 415-426
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2019.61.3.415

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 Standard 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 remain less explored. This article draws from a qualitative pilot study into parental opinions on primary school testing. 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 tests and with their broader impact on the curriculum and on classroom teaching. They are impassioned, articulate and forthright.

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To cite this article
LUCY WENHAM (2019) 'It was deathly dull and boring and stressful': listening to parents' voices on primary school testing, FORUM, 61(3), 415-426. https://doi.org/10.15730/forum.2019.61.3.415

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