SATs don’t hinder children – they help them

The York Press is reporting that SATs tests will give children the opportunity to fulfil their potential and help prevent them being ill-prepared when they reach secondary school.

The Government has been heavily criticised for its reforms to Key Stage One and Key Stage Two SATS tests and parents protested against the changes in May by taking pupils out of classes for a one day strike.

In his letter, Julian Sturdy, Conservative MP for York Outer said: “I wholeheartedly agree that our children deserve an education that will enable them to flourish as creative, confident, and critical thinkers.”

“But I do not believe that any of these characteristics are undermined in our schools by the use of SATS.”

“Rather, the new curriculum will provide a firmer academic grounding upon which children can be further supported to reach their full potential and this should not be to the detriment of their well-being or to the creative subjects they study.”

“SATS can be extremely important for giving a clear indication of the particular support that some children may require and testing can ensure that we do not fail those children from poorer and deprived backgrounds.”

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Comments

  1. “Children will not be branded failures as a result of their attainment in SATS ‘, wrote the MP.  But 47% of them have been told they didn’t meet the ‘expected standard’.  If that’s not branding them as failures, I don’t know what is.

  2. “Children will not be branded failures as a result of their attainment in SATS ‘, wrote the MP.  But 47% of them have been told they didn’t meet the ‘expected standard’.  If that’s not branding them as failures, I don’t know what is.

  3. @gov2 Love the irony.  But didn’t Michael Gove say the public have had enough of experts during the Referendum campaign.  Funny, but didn’t he push himself forward as an education ‘expert’ during his tenure as Education Secretary?  Perhaps he meant the public have had enough of self-proclaimed ‘experts’ with no actual experience in whatever they’re pontificating about (ditto Gibb, ditto Morgan).

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