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Poll - are your kids striking tomorrow?

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WalkingdeadWHAT Mon 02-May-16 11:55:41

Yes or no

If yes, what will you be doing with them?

WalkingdeadWHAT Mon 02-May-16 11:56:15


Going to the Roahl Dahl museum or picnic in the park

MrsBungle Mon 02-May-16 11:56:51


KittyandTeal Mon 02-May-16 11:59:53

Dd1 being 3 is not old enough (yet)

As a teacher I hope this is wide spread enough to cause chaos (in terms of results, percentages and league tables; obviously not in the classroom)

If testing and sats have not improved or changed when dd1 gets to that age I will be removing her from them. They are utterly meaningless to everyone apart from the government!

Rosebud05 Mon 02-May-16 12:00:56

No. Fully support it but it doesn't work for us for various reasons.

Will be keeping an eye on media coverage though.

WalkingdeadWHAT Mon 02-May-16 12:10:40

I know a few people who can't get childcare so aren't striking. They signed the petition though

DubiousCredentials Mon 02-May-16 12:14:38

No and nobody I know is either.

exLtEveDallas Mon 02-May-16 12:17:06

Same as Dubious.

AllPowerfulLizardPerson Mon 02-May-16 12:26:33

No, and no-one I know.

It won't cause chaos to SATs as they're not scheduled until next week.

WalkingdeadWHAT Mon 02-May-16 12:30:32

It isn't supposed to cause chaos to the SATS

hownottofuckup Mon 02-May-16 12:32:29

What what? I haven't heard anything about this... <off to Google>

KittyandTeal Mon 02-May-16 12:35:32

Oh sorry, must be something different I've seen then.

Locally there's talk of families keeping their kids off for one day of sats week, next week. (Obs not tmrw.)

Why isn't it being planned during sats week? That would make a much bigger impact.

AllPowerfulLizardPerson Mon 02-May-16 12:39:13

"Why isn't it being planned during sats week?"

Cynically, because an even longer Bank Hol weekend is nice. It's not uncommon for industrial action to be planned for times that are pleasant/convenient to the strikers, and that can attract criticism.

LadyPenelope68 Mon 02-May-16 12:42:50

Personally I think unless the strike is held during the actual week of the tests, it doesn't have any impact whatsoever. Will just mean a quieter day for the children in classes where children are absent. Just sounds like an excuse for an extra day off at the bank holiday.

KittyandTeal Mon 02-May-16 12:44:11

Have I totally misunderstood? This is a day where parents are keeping kids off school?

Surely it's not that pleasent as they'll have to find childcare?

I think I'm getting muddled up as I thought it was a protest about ks2 sats, hence assuming people were doing it next week.

SaturdaySurprise Mon 02-May-16 12:54:08

No and I haven't heard of anyone at our school participating or even talking about it.

simpson Mon 02-May-16 12:59:04

I want to but DS (10) wants to go to school.

TeenAndTween Mon 02-May-16 13:15:09

No way.

DD2 is y6. Our school takes a sensible approach in both y6 and y2.

ThoraGruntwhistle Mon 02-May-16 13:18:26


kippersyllabub Mon 02-May-16 13:24:05

No. Because my dc are not special snowflakes. They have tests every so often at school, and they do well or badly in the tests depending on their abilities and the teaching. We haven't opted to get all hand-wringy when our dc don't do well and we haven't decided that poor performance in tests labels them as failures. We haven't decided to make a big deal of any school tests, in providing extra coaching or special treatment on the day.

My dc also take music exams. We don't make a big deal of it. We don't tell their instrumental teachers that the dc are too little to be put through grade 1 piano and they should spend the day being kids instead.

Frankly I'm bemused by the whole SATS hysteria. Parents getting worked up about routine and nationwide tests won't help their dc develop a positive attitude to GCSEs and the exams that do count

mrz Mon 02-May-16 13:25:15

This was reported last month
"School leaders may be forced to report parents who purposely keep their children at home during this summer’s SATs, leaving boycotters open to prosecution, jail time and fines of up to £2,500."

PatriciaHolm Mon 02-May-16 13:27:57

No. I don't know anyone in real life who is either.

LittleNelle Mon 02-May-16 13:30:20

Yes. Don't have particular plans for what we're doing yet though.

I completely disagree with the way the education system is going and want to make that point.

LittleNelle Mon 02-May-16 13:32:22

LadyPenelope - the KS1 Sats don't have to be held on a particular date so it's not possible to strike on the day of the tests.

FarAwayHills Mon 02-May-16 13:39:30

No - although I totally agree with and support those that do I won't be removing DD from school because a. She wants to go to school
b. I have to go to work

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