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Sats: Will next year bring more tears and turmoil?

Fears that government tinkering won’t be enough to fix primary assessment

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The aftershocks of a major upheaval of primary assessment were still being felt this year – 12 months after the changes had led to widespread anger, an MPs’ inquiry and parents pulling their children out of school.

The past school year began with unions threatening to boycott Sats, and ended with outrage over children losing marks because their semicolons were too big.

The government has made some concessions, such as promising not to brand schools as “failing” based purely on their key stage 2 writing scores – and has consulted on further changes to the system – but will the turmoil continue ...

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