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Let’s keep SATs in perspective, says NAHT

This week, thousands of children aged 10 or 11 will be sitting their SATs. Commenting on SATs week, Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: 

“This is an important time, but it is also important to keep this week in perspective. As we have said many times at NAHT, test data is only part of the picture when judging a school’s effectiveness or a pupil’s success. 

“NAHT would like to see less testing in primary schools overall, leaving more time and space for a broad range of subjects and activities in the school day so that children’s opportunities are not limited. 

“School leaders share many of the concerns that parents have about SATs. Children have many interests and talents ranging from music to sports. They have acquired many life skills that will stand them in good stead for the future. They are not just numbers on a page. 

"It’s certainly true that the assessment and accountability regime in primary schools is not working for parents, schools or children, but we have made decent progress by working collaboratively with the DfE, and there is more to come. The government is scrapping key stage one SATs thanks to some sensible persuasion from NAHT. 

“There is a statutory duty for schools to make sure all their pupils who are eligible and can sit the key stage one or key stage two national curriculum tests, do so. 

“If parents are concerned about how their children are feeling about SATs, it is a good idea to find out exactly what is bothering them the most and then seek advice from the school. Making sure that children get lots of rest and sleep this week is a good way to help them do their best. If parents want their children to be withdrawn from the tests, the best thing to do is discuss any concerns with the school in the first instance.”

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
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07970 907730

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