'The worry over Sats results doesn't ease off when you're a MAT leader – it triples'

As the chief executive of a multi-academy trust, you worry not only about the Sats results of the schools in the MAT but also those that want to join.


Sometimes you actually forget about it for a few minutes, but the blissful moments of peace never seem to last for long.


It’s actually been bad for a couple of weeks as the date on the calendar has got ever closer, but it gets worse the closer it gets. In the final hours leading up to the Sats scores actually being made available it gets almost unbearable.


When Sats flash back into your mind, it coincides with a genuine feeling of nausea. I’m a grown man, an experienced headteacher, and there are more important things to worry about in the world.


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