16 ways primary teachers know that Sats Week is at a close
- The Year 6s have grown an inch taller
- You look in the mirror and feel like you’ve aged several years
- The Year 5s have stopped gloating – they’re being told horror stories about subordinating conjunctions
- You switch on the news and they’ve stopped talking to politicians about leaked Sats tests and resumed talking to politicians about the EU referendum…
- … or to retired football managers about Euro 2016
- Wow! There is sunshine. Has it been there all week?
- You’ve had a week off marking – and spent the extra free time calling your mum to tell her about how the Sats were going
- Your mum is no longer picking up your calls
- The DfE publishes yet another clarification on the teacher assessments at the very moment when...
- ... you’d just had five minutes when you’d stopped thinking about the teacher assessments
- You take down the “SHHH! Children sitting exam” poster on your classroom door...
- ... and put up a “SHHH! Teacher writing assessments” poster instead
- The sound of the children playing outside no longer irritates you
- You tell your class they’re doing outdoors learning today. They skip out of the classroom
- The deputy head asks if Year 6 are all ready for their residential trip to a seaside adventure centre
- “Forget the Year 6s,” you reply. “I’m ready. I've never been more ready for a day out! I’ve had fronted adverbials up to here! Negotiating raging white-water rapids on a surfboard while simultaneously headcounting 30 children holds no fear for me. Bring it on!”
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