Sats are nothing to do with writing well, children's authors tell pupil who is 'in bits' after the tests

They rush to convince an aspiring writer that the Spag test has nothing to do with his ability to tell stories – as most of them would probably fail

Adi Bloom

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Once upon a time, there was a Year 6 boy who dreamed of becoming an author.

As in all the best stories, however, his dreams were threatened by a seemingly insurmountable evil: key stage 2 Sats

But, if there is one thing authors know how to do, it is to ensure a happy ending. And so they took to Twitter en masse, to provide our hapless hero with the ending he deserved.

Tom Avery, author of Not As We Know It and My Brother's Shadow, said that he "stil carnt rearly" spell. He added:

Joanna Nadin, who has previously spoken to TES about her belief that overly pedantic adherence to the rules of grammar stifles creativity, backed this up:

And Matt Haig, bestselling author of A Boy Called Christmas, was among those failing to see the point of tests:

Authors were unanimous in their belief that it is ideas, stories and words that matter, rather than grammatical terms. This was summed up by Philip Ardagh, author of the Grubtown Tales and Eddie Dickens series of books:

…and also by young-adult author Non Pratt:

Adult authors chimed in, too. Award-winning romantic novelist Julie Cohen said:

And Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton left the boy with the words that every aspiring author longs to hear:

Read the full list of author tweets here.

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Adi Bloom

Adi Bloom is Tes comment editor

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