Review expected to prompt SATS shake-up

23 June, 2011

Review expected to prompt SATS shake-up

It is expected that SATS tests in maths, reading and spelling should remain

The debate over the best way to assess youngsters is likely to be reopened with the publication of a review expected to call for the end of primary national curriculum tests in creative writing.

The independent report by Lord Bew is set to back plans for teacher assessment instead, in the belief that this would allow pupils to be more creative in written composition and would help overcome concerns that they are being “taught to the test“.

Although the review is set to lead to a shake-up, it is expected to say that so-called SATS tests in maths, reading and spelling should remain, despite opposition from teaching unions.

Testing the youngsters on their spelling, as well as their grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, helps boost standards, the review is likely to say.

The results also offer guidance on how well a pupil is doing, and can prompt parents to seek out private tuition if they think it may help their child.

Combined together, the spelling and written composition papers make up the current English SATS test, which is taken by pupils at the end of primary school.