S.A.T.S. – Standard Attainment Tests (UK Education)
My eldest daughter is not 11 years old till August and along with her fellow Year 6 peers are facing possibly their hardest tests in their young little lives at the end of this month.
The pressure on these young pupils is immense and what for? They have already been accepted into their chosen Secondary Schools, the S.A.T.S have no bearing on their further education, inasmuch, they will be doing similar tests once ensconced into their Secondary Education.
These Easter holidays I’ve seen numerous parents fretting about their children doing these tests, on Facebook, various status’ saying how stressed their children are getting doing their revision.
Arowyn was off sick on the last day of school and as a consequence left all her revision books at School and do you know what, I’m so glad she did!
Holidays – yes, that’s what they are! Holidays for Primary School children to have fun – to play out with their friends, to relax with their families – not to spend two weeks doing heavy revision and getting worked up about their return to School and these tests.
As a consequence she may not score as highly as her peers but her mental health is much more important to me as her Mother.
She’s a good student, average in her academic abilities, all I expect from her is her best on the day.
Come September she will begin 5+ years of extensive study with homework targets to be met, end of year exams to be taken and eventually GCSE’s and A Levels and if she chooses, University.
She’s only 10 – let them be carefree children for a little longer.