Children should not know they are doing Sats exams to prevent anxiety, Ofsted chief suggests

Just speaking about tests could subliminally cause a child to worry, says Amanda Spielman.


Good primary schools conduct Sats exams without pupils realising they are being tested, Ofsted says ( PA ).


Primary school pupils should not be told that they are taking exams to prevent feelings of anxiety, Ofsted's chief inspector has said. 


Amanda Spielman said headteachers who speak to children about their Satsexams and ask how they are feeling, could make them more worried.  


Her comments came as tens of thousands of pupils begin their Sats and GCSEs exams this week.


Ms Spielman does not believe formal tests should be abolished in primary schools, but she said teachers could do more to ensure children as young as seven are not negatively affected by them.


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