‘The tests [SATs] have been made tougher and the curriculum has changed’…

The new SATs tests were first taken earlier this year and it is clear the tests have become much tougher and far more is expected of children despite their young age. According to reports 53% of children managed to meet the ‘expected’ standard compared to 80% the previous year and some might say that the tests have become far too challenging. Rather than worry about these tests as parents all we can do is ask our children to try their very best. It’s our job not to put them off maths by reminding them of how maths is applied in everyday life. Everyone develops at different speeds and not all children are fantastic at maths by eleven years of age. I’ve seen remarkable changes in pupils once they start in Year 7 and the pressure is reduced.

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