Curriculum coverage fears ahead of next month's SATs

Only 8% of teachers working with pupils due to sit SATs this term say they have covered more than 90% of the curriculum content.

Research evidence from the National Education Union (NEU) has revealed concerns about a lack of preparedness ahead of this summer’s exam season because of the disruption to learning caused by the pandemic and on-going problems with pupil and staff absence.

The government intends for SATs to take place in May for key stage 1 and from May 9 to 12 for key stage 2. The Department for Education has pledged that SATs data will be treated with “caution” by inspectors and Regional Schools Commissioners.

A survey involving around 1,800 NEU members asked them how much of the original curriculum content they thought most of their pupils will be able to “adequately cover” before the SATs take place.

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