Commenting on the confirmation in the Commons that SATs this year are not going ahead, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:   

“Teachers and parents will be relieved that Gavin Williamson has faced up to reality and cancelled this year's SATs tests. With the pressures of SATs lifted, schools will have some space to address the urgent issues of educational recovery. Pupils are going to need long-term support for their learning. A curriculum driven by tests was never the way to do this. Now is the time to encourage and resource schools to develop a rich and engaging curriculum.”