The Mathematical Association welcomes the news that plans to make all children who fail tests at the end of primary school sit them again in secondary have been scrapped for the time being.
In July the MMSA (of which the MA is an active member) sent a letter about the tests to the Education Secretary, Justine Greening. This letter can be found on our website at http://www.m-a.org.uk/we-say.
On October 19 Justine Greening said '... we will not introduce statutory mathematics and reading resits on children’s arrival in year 7. Rather, we will focus on the steps needed to ensure a child catches up lost ground. High-quality resit papers will be made available for teachers to use if they wish, as part of their on-going assessments. In addition, we will introduce a targeted package of support to make sure that struggling pupils are supported by teachers to catch up in year 7. ...' Her full speech can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/primary-education .