Featured blog: Sue Cowley – A Stupid Idea

As our readers know, there are scores of committed, passionate and inspirational educators writing excellent blogs. Here, every once in a while, we will feature a recent post that has particularly caught our eye.

This week, in her excellent, often poetic, blog Freeing the Angel, Sue Cowley succinctly sums up her thoughts on SATs resits…

I’m baffled as to why anyone in the DfE would think that SATs resits in Year 7 are a good idea, so I made a list of 10 reasons why they should just listen to teachers and NOT DO IT.

New school; new start. Please give them a chance.
They have just had a long summer holiday.
Someone somewhere will set up a ‘SATs Summer Revision Camp’.
They said that SATs wasn’t about ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.
They said that SATs was a measure of the school, not the child.
They said that child mental health was a priority.
Are they seriously measuring secondaries on what they can do in 3 months?
The first year of secondary should be an exciting time, not a PASS THE TEST time.
It is almost inevitable that the curriculum will be narrowed for these children.

Read more of Sue’s blog here: https://suecowley.wordpress.com/

Sue Cowley is a writer and journalist, who also works internationally as a teacher trainer and presenter. She is the author of more than 25 books

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  1. langtoneagle

    SchoolsImprove Sue_Cowley Resisting SATs is an excellent idea! But I think you mean something else…

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