SATs: Teachers And Parents Want To Scrap Tests But Kids Disagree, Surveys Reveal

'Children are more capable of taking things in their stride.'

Kids don't hate primary SATs as much as their parents and teachers do, according to three new surveys.

Mumsnet, children's newspaper First News and the Times Education Supplement (TES) interviewed 987 children, 1,583 parents and 1,600 teachers.

The survey of teachers by TES showed 89% are in favour of stopping SATs, and 68% of parents on Mumsnet agreed they should be scrapped.

However 56% of the school children (aged seven to 11) surveyed by First News thought the tests should not be stopped.

"Children are more capable of taking things in their stride than the adults around them sometimes think," said Nicky Cox, editor at First News.

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Cox added that now children are beginning to unwind after months of work leading up to the SATs, it seems they are a lot more accepting of the testing regime than the adults around them.

Mumsnet founder, Justine Roberts, argued parents are concerned that SATs cause too much stress.

"SATs also cause a narrowing of horizons," she said.

"Parents understand the need for schools to be benchmarked and pupils’ progress measured, but they’re not convinced the current regime is the best way.

"That children disagree is both reassuring and no surprise - we’re used to our kids endlessly contradicting us."

Commenting on the results from the teachers' survey, Ann Mroz,TES digital publishing director and editor, said teachers believe the tests are going "too far".

"It is a very long time since we’ve had a SATs season as controversial as this one," she said.

"The new tests have proved contentious to say the least and it comes as no surprise, therefore, that teachers are keen to see them scrapped.

"Overwhelmingly teachers recognise that assessment and internal testing are needed to measure pupil progress, but for most of them 2016’s newly toughened high-stakes external tests go too far.

"And as we have seen this week, the system is being tested to the limit this year too, so trust is being eroded further."

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Controversy over the SATs tests peaked when thousands of parents opted to take their Year 2 children out of school to protest over the exams.

The campaign named 'Let Our Kids Be Kids' argued children are “over-tested, over-worked and in a school system that places more importance on test results and league tables than children’s happiness and joy of learning”.

Parents who took part in the protest chose to have a “day of educational fun instead”, taking their children on nature trails, walks or completing creative learning at home.

Further controversy was caused when a Year 2 SATs maths question was posted online with adults arguing it was too hard for six- and seven-year-olds.

Parents also took to social media to say their children were coming out of exams "in tears" because they were so hard.

"Kids, you don’t need to know what a modal verb or subordinating conjunctive is to get where you want in life,” she wrote on Facebook.

“Go on adventures, dream BIG and don’t worry about your SATs scores.”