Letters Extra: Demoralising KS3 SATs experience
In 2002 it took me about forty hours of work to achieve acceptable changes. This year, the only reason it took me about ten hours is the support of a Deputy Head who shouldered the lion's share of the task. My department is deeply demoralised by the experience. And I am angry that it still took me the equivalent of two working days to get any satisfaction.
Apropos, I have just received the "Standards at KS3" report. It seems to be missing its introduction. I have searched everywhere for a paragraph running as follows:
"We are sorry that we did not formally notify schools of major changes to English SATs until late October. We also apologise for failing to issue hard copies of exemplar new SATs exam papers until the Spring term - only three months before the real thing. Schools across the country therefore deserve the very highest praise for maintaining a professional approach and produced remarkably high levels of achievement."