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An (un)necessary evil: Five ways to stop testing from controlling your classroom

As primary school teachers, how can you embrace and take control of testing and not let it ru(i)n
your life? Mark Creasy offers colleagues five things to remember

It’s in the test!” comes the plaintive response when teachers up and down the land are asked by equally mournful learners: “Why do we have to do this?”

This has become an ad nauseum refrain for many years now and we know, unless we have been living under a rock somewhere, that teachers are feeling the pressure even more this year with the return to full, in-person exams.

You can read elsewhere about the merits of testing children, the impact on children’s mental health, and the way that the curriculum is consistently narrowed to be able to prepare the children for their exams – even more so after the learning that was lost during the lockdowns and school bubbles bursting.

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