Is it time to throw a spanner into the Sats tests machine?
As a teacher, I've had to encourage Year 9 pupils to sit the key stage 3 Sats when I've known that those on level 3 would not meet the "required" level 5.
Many of those pupils, who got an excellent result with level 4, told me they had "failed". For that reason alone, I am thankful that KS3 tests have been dropped.
It was brought home to me when I saw the following on a KS3 exam desk:
Tests are boring, tests are sad.
Got my results and they were bad.
Teachers decided to tell my Mum,
then I really did get done.
Grounded for a week.
Not much fun.
I am dumb.
Peter Sopowski, Secondary science teacher.