Sats hijacked

11th December 2009 at 00:00

Last week in The TES a headteacher argued against the Sats boycott because it was not "unreasonable" to test children after four years of education ("Heads ramp up pressure and back Sats boycott", December 4). This misses the point. I am not aware of any head who thinks testing children is unreasonable. The issue is how much the original purpose of Sats has been hijacked, and how they have ceased to be about individual progress and become a method for forcing compliance to the detriment of children's learning.

Fran Bradshaw, Primary headteacher of the year, Whitehill Junior School, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today