Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week In

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week In

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A difficult Sats week began with heartwarming messages from teachers to their stressed-out Year 6 pupils going viral on social media. Jenny Thom, of Bucklebury CofE Primary School in Reading, gave her class a list of pre-Sats homework activities, including eating ice cream and laughing until your tummy hurts. Meanwhile, Catherine Irvine, acting principal of Ravenfield Primary Academy in Rotherham reassured pupils that Sats did not measure amazing skills such as skateboarding. But by Monday afternoon, there were reports of pupils crying over the tests.

Tens of thousands of four- and five-year-olds are beginning school without the language and social skills they need, a study has found. Almost one-third of new starters are not considered to be ready for the classroom, according to primary school leaders. The State of Education report (bit.ly/StateOfEdu), by schools' leaders service the Key, estimates that at least 194,000 pupils could be starting school unprepared for the classroom. The most common concerns, reported by almost four in five headteachers, were a lack of social skills (79 per cent) and delayed speech (78 per cent).

Schools minister Nick Gibb has revealed that he had already seen the exam question for 11-year-olds that he answered incorrectly live on air. …

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