Parents in Leeds have taken to social media to praise a Leeds headteacher who branded the SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) ‘useless’.
Chris Dyson, the headteacher at Parklands Primary School in Leeds, reportedly took to Facebook earlier this week to lambast the year 2 and 6 exams in a bid to reassure stressed students and their parents.
He told students that ‘SATs week does not shape your future one little bit’ and that they should just ‘try your best, smile and look forward to climbing a tree, playing football, singing, dancing, cooking or reading when you get home.’
It is the first time that students will have taken the exams since 2019, having been put on hold for the past two years due to Covid regulations.
The letter in full reads: “Dear Y6 children, whatever happens during SATs week does not shape your future one little bit.
“Just try your best, smile and look forward to climbing a tree, playing football, singing, dancing, cooking or reading when you get home.
“After all the disruption you have had over the past three years, my heart goes out to you sitting these useless exams.
“Sadly the Government say you have to do them so we have no choice.
“We can, as teachers, head teachers, be there for you if you feel anxious – so talking is good.
“Chris Dyson, head teacher, Parklands Primary School, Leeds.”
It appears that a number of parents were in agreement with him too.
Kelly Dawn said: “Fantastic words and unbelievably (& heartbreakingly) true.”
Karen Shackleton added: “They are useless, my daughter got GCSE targets as F due to her SATs – yet this week we attended her Masters degree graduation” – a comment which has attracted 22 likes.
Yvette Williams wrote: “Amazing…couldn’t agree more.. We should celebrate each child’s achievements whatever they are and stop making them feel bad when they don’t make the SATs grades. Let’s raise happy, healthy children.”
Earlier this month Daniel Kebede, the president of a UK teaching union, hit out at the government’s decision to reinstate SAT exams this summer, calling it “utterly brutal”.
However, the government has said that SATs “provide vital information to parents about their child’s attainment, support the transition to secondary schools and identify where additional support is best target to individuals”.
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