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Sats sapping the joy from pupils and teachers alike

Nine out of 10 primary teachers say that testing is having a negative effect on their mental health, while most believe children are also feeling the effect of stress

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From tears over tough papers to schools offering special breakfasts to reduce stress – the mental pressure that is experienced by pupils during Sats season has been well documented.

And the problem has only been underlined by the results of a Tes and NEU teaching union survey, which asked 500 teachers about the impact of the primary testing regime at their school.

It reveals that 83 per cent of teachers feel that Year 6 Sats have a detrimental effect on pupils’ mental health – and that 54 per cent feel the same about tests taken by Year 2 pupils.

What is more surprising is that teachers feel ...

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