The Chronicle Live is reporting that primary school headteachers in the North East have hit out at “damaging and counter-productive” Government-enforced tests for young children.
In May, pupils in Years Two and Six were the first to sit a series of new SAT tests, designed to be more “rigorous” than those prescribed under the old curriculum.
A report by Schools North East (SNE), which represents all the area’s schools, shows local heads think the new system was badly implemented, and that at their worst, the tests could put children off coming to school.
Matthew Younger, head of Colegate Community Primary School in Gateshead, echoed the concerns expressed in the report.
He said: “The tests themselves were flawed, the management of the tests and their introduction was chaotic and badly managed.”
For Mr Younger, the demanding nature of the tests, as well as the pressure on schools to ensure all their pupils make the expected grade, could prove harmful to students.
“To have to tell seven-year-olds and 11-year-olds that they have ‘failed’ runs counter to the values and beliefs of our schools and can only be a disincentive for pupils so early in their educational careers.”
Do you agree that the new SATs are too hard for young children and cause them unnecessary stress? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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