'Every child, in theory, can reach the expected standard in the Sats, and that's what we should strive for'

The Sats are set up in such a way that, statistically, every child can reach the expected standard, and striving for that to be a practical reality should be our aim, says primary teacher Jon Brunskill.

 

Will we ever reach a time when every child passes their Sats?

 

Children in tears. Teachers in tears. Parents in tears. You can't really overstate the emotional charge that now accompanies the national curriculum tests sat by 7- and 11-year-olds each year.

 

And so when, in the midst of this emotion, a teacher threw down a gauntlet suggesting that too many children are being failed, it's unsurprising that a visceral reaction arose.

 

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