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Some parents are so angry with the testing regime facing their children that they have come together in an attempt to boycott primary school exams. Preparation by teachers for these standardised achievement tests (SATs)
in England have involved a narrowing of the curriculum, including a specific focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Parents believe that their children should be stimulated instead by
more enriching activities and projects. There is also a worry that the
tests may cause undue stress and pressure on their young children to
perform well. These beliefs are widespread: more than 49,000 parents
have signed a petition to abolish SATs altogether.