Thanks to Joanna Keelan, Year 6 Teacher at Walton-le-Dale Primary School for the following article
I believe the new style SATs tests are challenging, which all of us in the profession knew when the new curriculum came out in 2014. Little did we know how challenging until SATs in 2016, however, the tests the children sat this year, gave all abilities in that year a chance to show their ability.
It does not stop the pressure the staff in Year 6 feel, when trying to prepare the children for these tests. We want to give them the best chance of showing a true reflection of their knowledge, and in the time scale we’ve got, for some children it is impossible. We are lucky enough in our environment, to have two strong TAs placed in year 6 full time, who take children out for interventions in more specific areas. I truly believe this makes all the difference.