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To be annoyed that ds's school makes such a big deal about sats

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ChoudeBruxelles Tue 22-Jan-13 17:57:30

Ds (6) has just been in tears as apparently he is not good enough and they seem to be practising stuff for sats all the time and he knows he is "only" 2b for reading and should be 2a,

werewolvesdidit Tue 22-Jan-13 18:00:19

Sats are a load of bollocks. The teachers are under stress and they pass it onto the kids (ex teacher here). Tell DS that it's the school which is being tested, not him and that he is doing fine. Grr. No child of 6 should be stressed about his reading level! If he was in America or Finland he would only be starting education now.

Remotecontrolduck Tue 22-Jan-13 18:01:24

Seriously?? 6 years old??

If what's being told to you by him is accurate, you need to have words I think!! Poor boy!

Cortana Tue 22-Jan-13 18:03:08

YANBU.

SATS are meant to test the school, not the child as such. If they're failing to help a child achieve their full potential I don't see how making a child stressed about the exam will help.

Tell your DS to do his best on the day and that no one can do better than their best. Then, after the SATS, ask what they are doing to help your child achieve 2a, since it's "where he should be".

lljkk Tue 22-Jan-13 18:04:20

That's awful, I would have words with the teacher.
DD is in Year 6 and only mentions SATs occasionally, we parents have been told not to book holidays in May, that is all.

SunflowersSmile Tue 22-Jan-13 18:07:10

Outrageous.
School should be happy with 2b at age 6.
They need to be told to wind their necks in and stop harassing your little boy.

IAmNotAMindReader Tue 22-Jan-13 18:11:34

I'd get him into another school OP. I didn't and persisted with a SAT obsessed primary. It turned my children off as far as learning was concerned by the time secondary started. The eldest is only now in college beginning to get the thist for knowledge again, the next one still doesn't care. I moved the last one from the primary to another and while he still has a lot of problems, for the first time ever he sees the point in learning as they have a completely different approach.

zukiecat Tue 22-Jan-13 18:11:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

insancerre Tue 22-Jan-13 18:12:02

YANBU
DD got very stressed doing her SATs in year 2, and when I complained to the teacher, she said it was because her big brother was doing his exams at big school, which was not true.
I mentioned it to BIL, who is a deputy head and he said to tell her the sats are to test the tachers not the pupils, to make sure they are doing their job properly.
Which I did, it took the pressure off and gave a me a bloody good laugh at the teacher's face when I told her how I had dealt with the problem.

ChoudeBruxelles Tue 22-Jan-13 18:14:36

We have a chance to go in and see their work on Friday after school so will talk to his teacher then. Bless him he's really upset.

wtf1981 Tue 22-Jan-13 18:19:38

SATs don't exist at KS1 any more. It's ongoing Teacher Assessment levels that count. 2b is age-related ie average at the end of yr2 (end of KS1). The tests may be used to inform an overall level but not exclusively. Tell/ask the school about this! It's terrible that 6 year olds feel like this-they shouldn't even know they're being tested,if they are.

ChoudeBruxelles Tue 22-Jan-13 18:32:27

I've just emailed the school to ask for a meeting with his teacher

ipadquietly Tue 22-Jan-13 18:44:39

This school is about ten years out of date. shock SATs results are only used as a small part of a teacher's final assessment.
Our KS1 SATs are really low key, and the children enjoy doing them. We'll be doing them over the next couple of weeks. No extra tuition or discussion of levels is going on!

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