Taking the Stress Out of SATs

Kids as young as ten are being stressed out by the pressure of SATs, the Standard Assessment Tests that feed the government obsession with scores and ranking, but do nothing to help our education. Year 6 – the final year of primary education – could be a time of positive learning and preparation for next steps, but instead has been made into a boot camp in test-passing.

With SATs making kids scared of failing, we are glad to see some schools making the effort to reassure their pupils that SATs do not determine who they are as a person.

We would like to see SATs scrapped altogether, but until they are, we are glad to see letters like this one, from West Park Academy in Darlington to its pupils.