QUIZ: Could you pass the key stage two SATs exams? Put your knowledge to the test
PUBLISHED: 08:30 13 May 2017
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Eleven-year-olds have been sitting their SATs this week across North Somerset - but could you pass the exams which a teachers' union has called 'highly damaging' to children's education?
North Somerset has previously done well in the SATs tests, with 21 out of 39 schools exceeding the Government’s national average but parents and teachers have shared a growing concern for children’s wellbeing because of the exams.
The North Somerset branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has supported plans for schools across the district to consider boycotting the exams next year.
Jon Reddiford, secretary for North Somerset NUT, said: “We do not believe there is any educational value in them and they do not benefit the students or the teachers.
“They are a horrible waste of time and resources and are detrimental to children’s education.”
Mr Reddiford also said the exams put too much pressure on children at such a young age and does not give them time to enjoy being children.
Tina Tingle told the Mercury her daughter Lucy, who is 11 years old, was ‘far too young’ to be put under that kind of pressure.
She added: “My daughter has been practising for her tests since year five and as soon as she went into year six, the teaching for this became more intense and the tests began.
“On several occasions Lucy and her classmates have had to give up their social time to do more if grades are not met.
“This has caused them great stress and unhappiness.”