Scrapped Sats live on in Wales

13th May 2005 at 01:00
This week, teachers in Wales bid a not-so-fond farewell to compulsory Sats -ending a 15-year era of national exams at seven, 11 and 14. A TES Cymru poll earlier this year showed Welsh teachers overwhelmingly in favour of the change. So their colleagues in England, especially those outraged at what they see as another key stage 3 English test fiasco last week, will be baffled to learn that more than half of Welsh Year 6 teachers still chose to test their pupils, though they did not have to this year.

What is going on? Doesn't this undermine the case against testing? Not really. With no pressure to publish results for league tables, teachers are saying why not, the information might come in handy. Some KS3 teachers see them as a chance to practise for GCSE. While many revel in the liberation, there's a silent majority of schools still wanting guidance and support.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now