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Sats attainment in English primary schools still below pre-Covid levels
Proportion of children meeting expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined matches 2022 figure of 59%

Sally Weale Education correspondent

11, Jul, 2023 @2:23 PM

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Primary school Sats paper that upset pupils used text from New York Times
One headteacher said 12-page reading test that reduced children to tears was ‘scary and quite middle class’

Sally Weale Education correspondent

18, May, 2023 @4:54 PM

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Wednesday briefing: Are standardised tests failing children?
In today’s newsletter: Sats tests have left students in tears, and teachers and parents calling for an overhaul. Here’s how they are supposed to work – and what critics say needs to change

Archie Bland

17, May, 2023 @5:53 AM

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UK schools minister promises to review Sats paper that left pupils ‘in tears’
Nick Gibb acknowledges concern after teachers and parents raise alarm about difficulty of test

Sally Weale Education correspondent

16, May, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Sats are failing children – they should be scrapped | Letters
Letters: Tom Templeton says there is no evidence that the tests improve education, Margot Roberts thinks children should not be made to feel like failures, and a school governor questions the way the curriculum is being taught

14, May, 2023 @4:29 PM

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Sats exams ‘designed to be challenging’, DfE tells aggrieved parents and teachers
Ministry responds to reports of children upset and teachers baffled by reading test for 10- and 11-year-olds

Joe Middleton

12, May, 2023 @8:53 PM

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MPs and peers do worse than 10-year-olds in maths and English Sats
Campaigners seeking abolition of year 6 SATs staged event at which children invigilated tests on parliamentarians

Aletha Adu Political correspondent

06, Dec, 2022 @7:06 PM

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Post-pandemic test results fall sharply for youngest pupils in England
Disadvantaged children fall further behind peers as teachers and parents call on Truss to boost school funding

Sally WealeEducation Correspondent

06, Oct, 2022 @4:48 PM

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Covid drives biggest Sats results gap since 2012 for poorest pupils in England
Deprived children fall further behind better-off peers as they lose most learning due to coronavirus

Richard Adams Education editor

06, Sep, 2022 @5:03 PM

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Sats suggest Covid disruption affecting primary school attainment in England
Just 59% of 10- and 11-year-olds reach expected standards in literacy, writing and maths in this year’s assessment

Richard Adams Education editor

05, Jul, 2022 @2:05 PM

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Snacks are the secret of success in exams | Letters
Letter: If students are to face Sats at 14, then at least let them snack while working, urges Patrick Morrish


15, Oct, 2021 @4:36 PM

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DfE considering return of Sats at 14 and axing teaching hours limits
Exclusive: ministers also looking at giving Ofsted more powers and accelerating academisation

Sally Weale and Richard Adams

01, Oct, 2021 @4:06 PM

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