Practise may not be perfect, but it’s best for Sats tests

Arguments over the suitability of mock Sats ignore the fact that we practise skills we are trying to learn all the time

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There was a bit of a brouhaha last weekend on social media. This particular storm in a teacup was about the use of “mock Sats”. Or maybe it was about any practice testing – it’s always hard to find a common thread among the opinions of many. But rest assured, there were plenty who were happy to be horrified at the very idea that children might practise taking the statutory tests.

Personally, I find it bonkers to imagine anything else. How could it possibly be right to throw children into a silent test situation for the first time without any preparation. That’s not to say that children need to ...

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