Pupils should not be stressed by preparation for the tests (SATs) taken at the end of Key Stage Two, the education secretary Damian Hinds.
SATs aren’t public exams, he said, but tests which should be treated exactly the same as other tests such as ‘spelling or times table’.
‘Their core purpose is to help ensure primary schools are teaching our children the key skills and knowledge in maths and English that they will need to go on to succeed at secondary school,’ he wrote.
It’s disturbing that successive education secretaries think a mandatory, national test is essential to make sure teachers act professionally.
Hinds is being disingenuous when he says schools must just tell their pupils to do their best and leave it there. SATs are high-stakes exams for schools. They’re used to judge schools, local authorities and academy trusts.
If Hinds is serious about relieving stress caused by SATs, there’s one simple answer: scrap them. SATs are of no use to pupils, Hinds has admitted that. Worse, SATs have no educational value. It’s time to drop them.