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15th May 2015 at 17:00
Michael Morpurgo

As hundreds of thousands of pupils across England took key stage 2 Sats exams this week, the former Children’s Laureate hit out at the “maelstrom” of testing in primary schools.

Mr Morpurgo (pictured), who was instrumental in the successful campaign to remove the writing test for 11-year-olds in 2012, told TES that the increased focus on testing in schools put the wider purpose of education at risk.

“When you test children, whether you like it or not you create successes and failures,” he said. “I feel the greatest danger you can put children in is making them feel they are not worthwhile.”

Although the key stage 2 writing test was abolished after a long campaign and boycotts by the NUT and…

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