SATs results will be 'useless' – cancel them now, urge school leaders

This summer’s SATs should be cancelled given that the results will be “useless”, school leaders have urged.

In a survey of more than 2,000 primary school leaders only 8% agreed that the results this summer would provide meaningful data about their school’s performance; only 10% agreed that the data would be a reliable indicator of children’s attainment or progress.

The study has been conducted among members of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and when asked if SATs should go ahead, only 1% said they should at key stage 1, while only 3% felt they should at key stage 2.

The government intends for SATs to take place in May for key stage 1 and from May 9 to 12 for key stage 2.

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