Key Stage 1 SATs
The Government conceded that these tests are not fit for purpose when they announced the outcome of the Primary Assessment Consultation in 2017. We agree and believe that they should be made non-statutory with immediate effect, not in 2023.
Key Stage 2 SATs
Assessing children is a vital part of teaching and learning. The SATs are not about teaching and learning, yet in too many schools the curriculum is distorted to serve the high stakes accountability system first and children’s own development second. There are far better and cheaper ways to monitor standards, conduct formative assessments and inform parents about how their local schools are performing.