Some 62 per cent of primary schools hold mock key stage 1 Sats for six- and seven-year-olds, a new survey by Tes, with the NEU teaching union, suggests.
In the poll, 30 per cent of teachers said that their schools asked Year 2 children to revise for Sats at home, and one in five schools have been sending their Year 2 pupils home with practice Sats papers.
More than 650,000 Year 2 children will sit the tests in maths and reading at some point next month. There is also a non-statutory test in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
The test results themselves are not reported, but they are used to feed into the statutory teacher assessments of children’s reading and maths.
But since a new, tougher national curriculum was introduced in 2014, with a corresponding rise in the demands of the tests, which are still externally set, teachers say the pressure has increased noticeably.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “These assessments are a fundamental part of children’s education but they have no long-term effect for children. As such, they should absolutely not be made to feel any stress or anxiety over them.”
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