Sats for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped

Controversial national tests taken by seven-year-olds in England could be scrapped under new government plans.

 

The move follows years of pressure from teachers, parents and educationalists opposed to putting young pupils through high stakes national Sats tests.

 

The statutory tests in English, maths and spelling and grammar, are used to monitor schools' progress.

 

The Department for Education is proposing a new assessment for pupils when they first start school instead.

 

This should be done in such a way that pupils do not realise they are being assessed, the DfE said.

 

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