Primary school SATs create too much pressure for teachers and pupils says survey

Sky News is reporting that senior teachers across England are calling on the government to scrap SATs for Key Stage 2 students and look at alternative methods of testing 10 and 11 year olds. 

A survey of 230 senior primary school teachers by YouGov for the campaign group More Than A Score, found that 96% of those questioned were concerned over the well-being of their pupils due to high pressure from tests.

And even more, 98%, thought that teachers are put under too much pressure to meet the teaching requirements and 93% think SATs narrow the curriculum, with English and Maths prioritised to the detriment of music, art, science and drama.

Speaking to Sky News one pupil from Carden Primary School in Brighton, said: “I’m a little bit anxious, there’s going to be a lot of tests and they’re going to be quite hard probably.”

Helen Longton-Howarth, head teacher at Carden Primary, said: “The stress is like that for all of us, we try very much to share responsibility, we’re all responsible for children’s progress and attainment in primary school.

“I think they are very narrow as they only look at core subjects – reading writing and mathematics – they don’t judge the breadth of the curriculum we give children at primary school – they’re one small snapshot of the bigger picture and of children’s attainment by the time they leave primary school.”

In a statement, the government said: “The education secretary has been clear he does not want key stage 2 tests to be a source of stress for either pupils or teachers and we trust teachers to administer these tests in an appropriate way that does not put undue pressure on pupils.”

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