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What a difference a week makes to school priorities

With the key stage 2 tests over, Year 6 teachers’ attention turns to sports day, secondary transition and the dreaded sex education

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They say a week is a long time in politics. I don’t know much about that, but it can certainly feel that way in schools sometimes. This time last week, we were all emerging from key stage 2 testing, only to be reminded that we weren’t allowed to talk about it. Teachers used coded messages on social media and in Tes forums, or gave broad sweeps of judgement about each test (from “nightmare” to “much easier” for the same papers in some cases).

Now, just a week later, it seems like it hardly matters.

I say “hardly” when the truth is, of course, far from that. But the people for whom it matters ...

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