Sats: Will next year bring more tears and tur­moil?

Fears that gov­ern­ment tin­ker­ing won’t be enough to fix pri­mary as­sess­ment

TES (Times Education Supplement) - - INSIGHT - He­len ward

THE AF­TER­SHOCKS of a ma­jor up­heaval of pri­mary as­sess­ment were still be­ing felt this year – 12 months af­ter the changes had led to wide­spread anger, an MPS’ in­quiry and par­ents pulling their chil­dren out of school.

The past school year be­gan with unions threat­en­ing to boy­cott Sats, and ended with out­rage over chil­dren los­ing marks be­cause their semi­colons were too big.

The gov­ern­ment has made some con­ces­sions, such as promis­ing not to brand schools as “fail­ing” based purely on their key stage 2 writ­ing scores – and has con­sulted on fur­ther changes to the sys­tem – but will the tur­moil con­tinue next year? Here, Tes an­swers some of the key ques­tions about pri­mary as­sess­ment.

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