The message here is short and simple SATs in KS2 are ruining what should be the best days of the children’s lives in Britain!
Year Six (10-11 year olds) should be fostering their love of learning and exploring all sorts of creative adventures that inspire them onto greater things.
Instead the pressure on schools to gain ridiculous levels of attainment (which are constantly changing) force schools to push children down a path of exam technique and points scoring.
I have no doubt that children’s self esteem grows when they suceed in attaining a good level, but this is gained at a loss of seeing learning as an achievement in itself.
It is only when the children enjoy the process of learning and discovery, that the seeds of lifelong leaning are sown.
It may be supposition, but I am forced to wonder if there is a correlation between the perception of the increase in dissafected youth and the implementation of league tables. Did schools in their quest for wishing to be seen as ‘sucessful’ actually forget what sucess truely is in terms of developing children?
At which point did children stop going to school to ask questions and go to school to be given answers to remember?
This said tomorrow in my class will be different. SATs are going out the window for the afternoon – we’re going to have tea and biscuits and enjoy each others company!