Primary schools in England hold half-term Sats revision classes | Education

Primary schools in England are holding half-term and Easter holiday revision classes for pupils as young as six to prepare them for standardised tests known as Sats, the Guardian has learned. The use of holiday “booster sessions” for pupils in year two was robustly condemned by the Department for Education (DfE) and major teaching unions, with one union leader describing them as “an extraordinarily bad idea” with no positive impact. One primary school in north London has invited its year…

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Take our Sats maths quiz to see if you’re smarter than an 11-year-old | Education

On Wednesday and Thursday year 6 children in England’s primary schools will take their Sats maths test. If you haven’t had children in the English education system for a while, or even at all, you might be curious about what 11-year-olds are expected to know about maths. So below is a sample of the types of questions they will face. Pupils will take 110 minutes of tests, divided into three papers over two days and containing a total of 83…

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Academies and free schools underperform in Sats, figures show | Education

Maintained schools in England outperform academies and free schools in national exams taken at the end of year 6, and pupils in multi-academy trusts do worse on average, figures show. The data released by the Department for Education (DfE) at the end of the election purdah will be a mild embarrassment for the government, which sees conversion from council-maintained status to academy or multi-academy trust governance as its key method of school improvement. The DfE report said 64% of pupils…

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Primary school teachers want to see Sats scrapped | Education

A resounding 97% of primary school teachers would like to see high-stakes Sats tests scrapped, according to the largest poll undertaken on the subject. More than 54,000 primary members of the National Education Union (NEU) took part in an indicative ballot last month. The vast majority said they supported their leaders’ campaign for “a sensible alternative” to the national standard attainment tests, which they say are damaging children and narrowing the curriculum. The NEU said the result sent a clear…

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I was fined for taking my child to Jamaica, but I’m one of the lucky ones | Kehinde Andrews | Opinion

When it came to power in 1997, Labour picked up and ran with the Tories’ individualistic reforms to the school system. Along with school choice, league tables and academies, in came parental responsibility for absences. So I was disappointed, but not surprised, to be given a fixed penalty notice of £60 per parent as a result of taking our six-year-old out of school for two weeks during term time to visit Jamaica. The fact that my son will have the…

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Dear Damian Hinds, let’s put horrid adult experiences on the curriculum | Michael Rosen | Education

I see you’ve been talking to school students about education. I was very interested in your justification for exams being stressful: “…when you leave school, hard and stressful things come along. Learning about what can be stressful episodes is part of the preparation for later life.” I wonder if there is a principle here: whatever horrible experience we have in later life should either be put on the school curriculum or be part of how the curriculum is taught. For…

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Forget Sats – find a true measure of education | Letters | Education

Amanda Spielman may be warning the wrong people about exam anxiety, certainly as far as younger kids are concerned (Ofsted chief says teachers can cause ‘subliminal’ exam anxiety, May 14). My 10-year-old is not worried because I have told him Sats are irrelevant to his life. His secondary school will determine how best he will fit in, based on its own testing, when he gets there in September. I did ask him to do his best in sympathy with the…

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(SPAG) Tests: Spelling, Punctuation And Grammar – Education Article

(SPAG) Tests: Spelling, Punctuation And Grammar | TeacherToolkit 14th May 201914th May 2019 @TeacherToolkit 52 Views Committee for Linguistics in Education, Department for Education, Grammar, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Lancaster University, Memory, National Curriculum, Punctuation, SATs, Testing, vocabulary, Willem B. Hollmann, Year 2 Reading Time: 3 minutes Are teachers supported by the Department for Education to deliver primary tests? In the run-up to SATs, I was contacted by Willem B. Hollmann, Lancaster University from his work with the…

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Teachers assessing pupils could replace formal exams, study says | Education

Assessments by teachers of pupils’ abilities could replace traditional tests and exams such as Sats and GCSEs to reduce costs and “bring joy back to the classroom”, according to new research. In a paper published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers found teacher assessments accurately reflected the ability of their pupils’ performance in later exams in English, maths and science, including A-levels and university admission. The authors said the results “raise questions about the value of the…

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Should we scrap SATs? Cautiously, yes – David Didau – Education Article

Earlier this week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn turned up at the NEU annual conference with some crowd pleasing ideas. The most eye-catching of these was that he would, if elected, scrap SATs, saying, “We need to prepare children for life, not just exams”. Cue rapturous applause from the assembled trade unionists. None of this is particularly surprising, but what does intrigue me is why Corbyn and the NEU want to get rid of SATs. For Corbyn’s part, he says, “SATs…

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