Withdrawing child from SATS(148 Posts)
Tantrums, not everywhere. My DS's school was focused on teaching the Year 6s a broad and interesting curriculum, and inspiring them to do the best that they possibly could in SATs while doing the absolute minimum of practice tests / 'teaching to the test' (I think they did 3 practice papers over the year to familiarise them with the test foirmat). Large majority got 5s and above, good % of 6s in Maths.
It most certainly does not happen "everywhere"! Children are expected to make ( in my school) at least 2 sub levels progress every year, whatever their starting point. So a child at 4c at the beginning of year 6 needs to be 4a by the end. A child at 5c at the beginning of the year has to be a 5A, EVERY child has to make progress, not just those aiming for level 4
No, not all. There are some excellent schools that support every child to reaching their full potential.
They seem to be the exception rather than the rule around here, but that's just my opinion of one area.
If this is really the case and he's having a miserable, boring time, then making your feelings known to the Governing Body etc. etc. is fine. There ARE shit schools out there - I've taught in one and the attitudes of some people there were appalling. BUT....
Many, many people who work in schools bust their guts day in, day out, even the shit ones... "punishing" the school seems petulant and unfair. Significant money has been spent on your son's education.
And as teacherwith2kids says, practising papers only helps with technique, it doesn't teach what you need to know, good teaching does that.
PS, schools are increasingly judged on the number of level 6 children they have, level 4 is soooo last year
And I think I worded that all wrong. I didn't mean every single school. I suppose I just meant this wasn't a unique problem to the ops school but like I said that's just my experience of my local area.
It seems entirely fair to me to withdraw a child you consider to have been failed by the school from testing that will benefit the school.
"full on practice papers every day for a year"
There aren't that many practice papers in existence
You wouldn't think there were that many papers in existence would you?
Unfortunately, my ds1 lovely for 4 years primary turned into a SATS factory and he did one paper every day. And bought them home as well.
There aren't that many papers in existence. The tests were introduced in 1995 (19 tests in total) so unless the school does the same test 10 times they are going to struggle to do one per day, or even one per week.
For the new SPAG test there is only one sample paper in existence
What are your objection to your son doing SATs. Surely its no worse than making him do the eleven plus. The grim part is all the revision which year sixes waste a term doing.
Is your son anxious or is it you who is anxious. I think if you are casual in your approach to year 6 SATs then your osn will not be stressed.
My son has been stressed out about SATs since september. He has been refered to CAMS by our GP because its affecting is general health. I don't think there are any easy solutions.
Our first choice of secondary retests all the children come september. They also do CATs tests. Often summer born children underachive at primary and secondary schools know an August born child with a 4a may well be brighter than a september born with a 5c. Most schools allow transfer between sets if there is a mistake.
I have lots of minor complaints about DC school but I can't say that I ever perceived any problems with the school academics; I feel all DC have made good progress towards reaching their academic potential. If anything, DS1 was pushed much harder in yr5 than he is now in yr8! So agree, not "all schools are like this". It's a bog standard satisfactory-rated school with extremely average results.
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