“At every stage, from reception class to GCSE, teaching to the demands of the test, and of Ofsted, dominates schools, imposing a culture of fear, overwork and compliance.

“Today’s resolution points to growing criticism of the way accountability and assessment work in England. From the OECD to the CBI, from educational researchers to trade unions, the educational costs of the system are increasingly recognised. The case for change is overwhelming. The Union will work with a wide range of allies to bring change about.”

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