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Teachers and pupils are being burnt out by the demands of the assessment, tracking and data systems employed in many schools, which drive up teacher workload, undermine the ability of teachers to focus on teaching and supporting their pupils and generate anxiety and stress in many pupils, representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, have argued.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“In too many schools data is being abused and misused to set teachers up to fail and to deny them pay progression.

“Reforms to assessment have resulted in schools creating and implementing their own, often bureaucratic and workload intensive, assessment and testing structures for pupils.

“The high-stakes accountability system is driving up teacher workload, stress and anxiety with the consequent adverse impact on the provision of high-quality education for every child.

“An alternative approach to assessment, data and accountability  which genuinely supports schools to assist every pupil to achieve their full potential is long overdue.”

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