SATs for seven-year-olds scrapped from 2023

Controversial assessments taken by England’s seven-year-olds will probably be scrapped by 2023, however nine-year-olds should sit instances desk assessments below new plans.

Asserting the top to obligatory SATs, the federal government stated kids would as an alternative have a “baseline” verify in reception 12 months, aged 4 or 5.

This is able to permit their progress to be tracked and would “unencumber” lecturers, the schooling secretary stated.

However instances desk assessments for 12 months 4 pupils will probably be launched in 2019/20.

The Key Stage 1 assessments in studying, writing, maths and science – used to watch faculties’ progress – have been obligatory for seven-year-olds in England with round 500,000 kids taking them annually.

However they’ve proved controversial, with many lecturers and fogeys against placing younger pupils by means of the assessments.

Those that assist the assessments argue that they guarantee faculties are serving to kids grasp the fundamentals and establish kids who’re struggling.

The federal government introduced on Thursday that they might not be obligatory from 2023.

As an alternative there can be a baseline evaluation of youngsters’s skills of their reception 12 months, at first of their education, which might then be used to measure their progress all through the varsity. Youngsters will nonetheless sit SATs at age 11.

Colleges would additionally not be required to submit assessments of pupils’ studying and maths to the federal government aged 11 – as a result of they had been already being examined in 12 months 6.

This is able to assist “unencumber lecturers to teach and encourage younger kids whereas holding faculties to account in a proportionate and efficient means,” Ms Greening stated.

However instances desk assessments – initially floated final 12 months for pupils aged 11 – can be sat two years earlier in 12 months 4, from 2019/20 to assist kids’s “fluency in arithmetic”.

Kevin Courtney, joint basic secretary of the Nationwide Training Union, stated the assessments can be “a waste of worthwhile time, power and cash and shouldn’t be launched”.

“The reception baseline evaluation and multiplication tables verify will probably be of no academic profit to kids and break a promise to not improve the evaluation burden on main faculties.”

However Nick Brook of the varsity leaders’ union NAHT stated the baseline assessments at reception had been “completely the fitting factor to do” and, if designed correctly, would offer helpful data for faculties whereas avoiding “pointless burdens on lecturers or nervousness for younger kids”.

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