Dis-Sat-isfied

23rd May 2008 at 01:00
The arguments over assessment are well rehearsed, but the chaos that reigns this week over the operation of Sats is farcical
The arguments over assessment are well rehearsed, but the chaos that reigns this week over the operation of Sats is farcical.

Heads across the UK have wasted thousands of hours trying to make sense of yet another unfit electronic system. It is genuinely scary that a Government cannot get the technology right. What happens when the scripts get to the markers doesn't bear thinking about. And, worst of all, no one seems accountable. Yet, the cheques are still sent to the private firms, while schools carry on sorting out the problems.

The new budget settlement of 3.1 per cent contains a "reduction" of 1 per cent, which schools are meant to recoup through efficiency measures. Will those who have managed to botch the Sats have their fees reduced for inefficiency? I think I know the answer, but I don't have the time to wait for the response.

Tony Roberts Retired headteacher and Secretary, National Association of Head Teachers, Lancashire branch.

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