SATs for seven-year-olds to be SCRAPPED
U-turn by ministers – but children will have ‘informal tests’ when they start primary school instead
Tests for seven-year-olds are set to be scrapped under new government proposals which aim to ‘reduce the burden’ on pupils and teachers.
Instead, children would be informally tested when they first enter primary school aged four so that their progress can be measured when they leave seven years later.
The new ‘baseline’ tests would be administered by teachers but pupils should not know that they are being tested, the Department for Education said.
The proposed axing of the unpopular Year 2 SATs – taken by six and seven-year-olds – follows campaigning by teaching unions and parent groups, who said children were being ‘over-tested and over-worked’.