Grammar tests are attack on teachers?

The Telegraph

Apparently they are…according one of the teacher unions. Is there anything that teacher unions support?

A teaching union has condemned plans that will see all 11-year-olds tested on the proper use of apostrophes and the difference between nouns, verbs and adjectives, saying the proposals amount to an attack on teachers.

Up to 600,000 pupils a year will sit a rigorous new writing exam as part of a Coalition drive to ensure children master the basics before starting secondary education.

Plans published by the Department for Education show that children’s grasp of vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation will be covered by the test.

However Chris Keates, the General Secretary of the NASUWT, said the plans were part of an “entirely unjustifiable campaign to denigrate the commitment and professionalism of teachers”.

“Imposing a wholly unnecessary additional high-stress test on schools has nothing to do with ensuring that teachers can support all pupils to reach their full potential as writers,” she said.

“It is, instead, a means by which ministers can continue their ill-founded and entirely unjustifiable campaign to denigrate the commitment and professionalism of teachers and the progress and achievements of pupils.

“This is yet another example of the deprofessionalisation of teachers from a government that said it was going to reinvigorate the status of teachers in the classroom.”

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