Over half of children afraid SATs results will affect their futures

Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by KCFM

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More than half of children who took SATs tests in England last year feared that getting bad results would affect their future.

According to a survey of pupils who took the tests last year, a fifth admitted losing sleep. Some said they had turned to cigarettes, junk food or energy drinks to cope with the stress.

Adrian Joice from the Hull NASUWT told KCFM he isn’t surprised by the report’s findings:

“There’s no doubt that children are put under stress at schools when exams are mentioned. Key Stage 2 children at the end of their primary education having tests in one thing, but the pressure of SATs is phenomenal on children, so I’m not surprised that children are stressed.

“The whole process of measuring children for SATs tests is really a sad one, because it means we’re just trying to categorise them as successes or failures in a very narrow area. I feel that testing children and knowing where they are is important, but testing for SATs is a very hard process for children who are so young.

“The children are put under immense pressure- almost to the point of not doing other subjects- so they get good test results in literacy and numeracy. This means that children who enjoy things like art, music and PE may be missing out because the focus is on the subject that are easy to measure- and are measured.”

He added that following the general election, he would like to see the Government move away from a narrow view of attainment:

“Every Government looks at success, and success is always measured in a numerical format. There are children in the far east whose education is allegedly better than ours because their results seem to be better, but there are children there who are resorting to suicide and are under extreme duress to do extra work outside of school hours.

“As children grow up, they need to have hobbies and interests outside of school rather than just being crammed for exams. The Government needs to understand that an all-round education includes things like art, drama and music. The subjects that have been squeezed out of the curriculum are those that need to be brought back as highly important subjects.”

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Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by KCFM

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