BUNG IT IN THE BIN – TEACHERS CONDEMN BUREAUCRATIC ASSESSMENTS
The assessment of cross-curricular skills at the end of Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 represent an unacceptable increase in teachers’ already excessive workload and do nothing to support educational progress, representatives of the NASUWT the largest teachers’ union in Northern Ireland heard at their Annual Conference in Derry today.
Concerns were expressed about the move towards school generated tasks the require CCEA approval and the collection of pupil portfolios which will only increase paperwork and pressures on teachers.
Proposing the motion,Susan Parlour from Derry said:
“As teachers we want what is best for pupils. We believe assessment to be a necessary tool to ascertain pupil performance, knowledge and learning.
“But it needs to be meaningful and manageable. The current process is deeply flawed, not fit for purpose and unfair on pupils.”
Chris Keates NASUWT General Secretary said
“Teachers want to spend their time teaching not filling in forms.
“Teachers are being diverted from their core role by this unnecessarily bureaucratic assessment.
“In a recent survey the NASUWT asked teachers to name one thing that, given the opportunity, they would ‘bung in the bin’ that would make a difference to their working lives. CCEA assessment was a clear favourite.”