'They turn schools into test factories': 10 reasons to abolish Sats

How useful is Sats week? Not very, this educationalist argues…

 

And so we reach that time of the year again: the dreaded Sats Week.

 

Months and months, even years and years, of cramming come to a climax as we attempt to ensure our pupils tackle 5 hours of papers – all with content set by The Powers That Be, who couldn't be further from our classrooms. 

 

What do they prove? Nothing. 

 

Do they improve anything? No.

 

So why do we put our pupils through such a system of torture? I struggle to find a single coherent argument. 

 

With that in mind, I give you my 10 reasons why we should kill Sats. Dead.

 

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