May 2016

Steph Reddington, 21st July 2016

May Updates - SATs Special

In the News...

Parents take to the streets in protest over 2016 SATs

After an online petition with over 45,000 signatures supporting teachers in boycotting the SATs, parents take drastic action and stage a protest over this year’s SATs.

Tuesday May 3rd saw parents across the country remove their children from school as a statement of their discontent at the Government’s move to introduce higher standard tests for primary aged children.

The DfE and Ofsted have condemned the protests maintaining that the tests are necessary.

KS2 SPAG Test goes ahead, despite being 'leaked' online the night before

After the Government was forced to scrap the KS1 SPAG test after it was leaked online, another leak saw the KS2 test in jeopardy too.

The mishap occurred when Pearson, who administer the test, published the materials on their website a day early for test markers.

The DfE have since blamed a ‘rogue marker’, claiming that the incident was a purposeful act of sabotage by somebody who opposed the tests.

Nick Gibb's official statement

Year 6 Pupils in tears after sitting 'incredibly difficult' reading test

Pupils have been left in tears by the first of this year's Sats, according to teachers who have branded the reading test "incredibly difficult", "ridiculous" and "bloody tough".

Teachers on the TES forums have reported that even able children were unable to finish the test.

Some said the test being sat by 10 and 11-year-olds was really suitable for 15 year-olds.

See the full TES article by Helen Ward here