Ask yourself a simple question: when your teaching career is over and the angels ask you what you remember, will you say administering the Sats? Of course not. But you will remember a loved class reader.
It is time to radically prune the number of formal tests our youngsters do, especially the time-consuming and intellectually numbing Sats.
Let's spend the money on revitalising tired libraries, employing more school librarians and getting our youngsters hooked on reading, a pre-requisite for any drive to raise academic standards.
Alan Gibbons Authors against the Sats 13 Chatsworth Avenue Liverpool