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Should Year 6 be dominated by testing?

Should Year 6 be dominated by testing?

Year 6 should be about smoothing transition to secondary by building confidence and resilience, writes one much-loved head. But instead it’s dominated by the Sats sausage machine

It’s that time of year. Across the country, primary after primary is gearing up for the mad dash towards Sats week.

It’s impossible to overstate how badly wrong most of English education has got the last year of primary. Take, for example, transition. At the end of key stage 2 our kids face the most formidable challenge as they move to secondary school, and yet, rather than focusing on preparing them for this leap, we force them into the Sats sausage machine.

Too often this impersonal regime of endless test prep shatters the confidence of our most vulnerable pupils at the very point when it is most needed.

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