13 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Justine Greening MP

Scrap S.A.T.S in primary school

"S.A.T.S negatively impact on children's teaching and learning and wellbeing" INDEPENDENT research and GOVERNMENT findings have said the same thing - S.A.Ts  show how well schools are coaching children to pass the tests, they are NOT  A MEANINGFUL reflection of children's ability and they CAUSE HARM. The government has commissioned a report in to SATs and the results are conclusive and stark - STOP. They have ignored this advice! House of Commons Education Committee Report on the negative impact of S.A.T.s  For the sake of our children lets stop the madness. Levels of mental ill health, and self harm are rising in young people, exam pressure is a major factor. Rise in self harm and poor mental health in children Teachers are leaving posts and, it's increasingly hard to recruit new ones. We have got our priorities wrong! Children in the last year of primary school and their teachers spend chunks of the year been coached and doing practise papers for standardised testing - S.A.T.S. At a recent parents evening  I was explaining to the teacher that my 10 year old daughter was starting to get so worried about the tests she was crying, and after a week of pre tests she felt really stupid and she felt there was no point her even going to schools as it made no difference. I was told not to worry, 'many children are worried and upset about S.A.T.S, they get through it together', and that 'the government now allows one 'weak' area so my daughters can be spelling' - since when was school about universal suffrage!! Just a note - my daughter has been diagnose as been dyslexic and having other educational learning challenges. This seems irrelevant to the government, and the school doesn't have the time or money to support her to learn even though she has a recognised learning disability.  The tests cause huge anxiety for children, with some schools building up the pressure to 'knuckle down and prepare' the year before. No one can learn under pressure and when children are stressed they either shut down or act out, teachers are constantly reminding us that a large part of their time is spent managing behavioural problems. S.A.T.S have done nothing to help kids get on in life, as can be seen with the BBC report link: Schools failing to support children to hope and aim for a better future The tests are supposed to be a way of comparing schools and seeing if children have reached a set level or reading and writing and spelling. However,last year, the variation in writing results between local authorities prompted education data expert Dr Rebecca Allen to warn that it would be safer not to judge schools on the results. Ofsted also urged its inspectors that the results should be interpreted “carefully” and education secretary Justine Greening later confirmed that no decisions on intervention would be made on the basis of 2016 data alone. So what's the point? Please help me stop my daughter from feeling increasingly stupid and under unnecessary pressure, along with millions of other children who's childhood and potential is being squashed due to pointless testing. They were stopped for younger children and everyone was relieved, we can do the same again. Please join the petition. Thank you in hope. (Photo credit: Lincolnshire live/SWNS)

Exasperated Parent
45 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Chris Grayling MP

Help us change the law so ALL minibus drivers must have passed the full D1 test & medical

This petition is essentially about the safety of children and their teachers where driving a minibus is concerned. It is complicated, but because of the current exceptions and confused interpretations of the law, schools are taking unintentional risks both physically and legally. We simply want the law changed so that ALL drivers of 8+ vehicles must hold the full D1 licence to drive a minibus which requires a medical, sight, theory & practical driving test, bringing us in line with the rest of Europe.  The D1 licence laws were amended in 1997 (a change to the full D1, non-inherited category) after 12 children & their teacher died in a tragic minibus accident in 1993, but the UK made exceptions for volunteer drivers, social purposes and vehicles under certain weights, which is where the confusion lies and safety is compromised.   Castle Minibus wants to raise awareness of these issues and have the law changed so a full D1 licence for all drivers of 8+ passengers becomes a priority.  Please help us by signing our petition so that no teacher becomes the legal test case as to whether they were a volunteer and driving for social purposes only. We want to clear the fog of the current guidelines and reassure, parents, teachers and governors  that all drivers of 8+ passengers are suitabley trained and are driving the most appropriate vehicles.  For more information visit   

Castle Minibus, Greater than 8 campaign
574 supporters