Are you keeping your Child off School in protest of the SAT’s for 6-7 year olds?

I have woke up to headlines in the news of parents keeping their primary school children home from school today all across the country in protest of SAT’s for 6-7 year olds. They want the government to scrap all SAT’s for 6-7 year olds.
I don’t have a child in that age bracket, mine is still only 3 months old, but since becoming a mother these sort of topics really interest me now. What will the education system be like in 6 years time for my child? 
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My point of view is that exams are all a part of learning. You go to school to learn don’t you? Well after learning segments of Information tests are naturally the next part. 
Some parents are saying that it’s making their children anxious, stressed and feeling sick and they don’t want to go to school. 
Fair enough. Maybe it’s the parents getting all worked up about the SAT’s and it’s rubbing off on their kids. Putting pressure on them to do well. I honestly don’t know as I am not in that situation. This is my opinion. 
I remember being at school and having weekly tests at that age. What’s the difference between SAT’s and a test that the teacher makes up? Maybe the SAT is on a formal paper, but a test is a test and should be treated the same in the eyes of a 6-7 year old. 
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Let the kids have the experience of taking SAT’s surely it will help them to understand the system further on in their education, and make the next ones easier. Treat it as a learning experience. At that age does it matter if your 6 year old gets every question right? Or any correct at all. The whole experience should be made fun. They are only 6 year olds after all.
What are your thoughts on SAT’s for 6 and 7 year olds? 
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12 Comments

  1. May 5, 2016 / 10:37 am

    My tots are still both quite young and so this is the first year that I've really given SATs any consideration. I'm in two minds. I do feel that 6 / 7 is very young to be scrutinized on their academic achievements, but I can see your point in that tests are a part of life and a part of learning. I think you have the key in that it's really up to us as parents to make sure that our children are not put under pressure and are comfortable with it as a learning experience. As long as the outcome doesn't pigeon hole our children onto a specific and potentially restrictive learning path then I think I'm OK with it? Who knows how I'll feel though when the time actually comes as I can imagine it must be very easy to get wrapped up in the pressure. Great post and really made me think. Thanks for linking up with #passthesauce. x

  2. Hi Rachel, I have no idea how the British school exams are anymore, but I do agree with your sentiments. The schooling system here is quite tough and the children get far too much homework from a young age, but parents can choose to push their children to the point that they make them ill or they can work with their children to do the best they can. I have always opted for the latter.

    Not everyone perform their best under pressure, I know I don't. And in my opinion exams aren't a true reflection of a child's capabilities, so shouldn't be treated as the be all and end all.

    I think your right when you say that the SATS should be fun, as fun always works best whatever age you are.

    My advice to any parent would be to be honest and know their child's strengths and weaknesses, encourage them to do their best and let the child know that the world will not end if they don't do as well as expected. I know I for one cannot remember what tests I failed or past at that age and we were tested weekly on our maths and spelling.

  3. May 3, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    It's an interesting one, I personally think tests are unnecessary at that age (and in general I think they are a crap way of seeing how intelligent somebody is as learning to pass a test isn't a true measure of someone's talent in my opinion) and they can put pressure and stress on children. I think learning at that age should be positive and fun and as Catie and Emma have stated teachers are better able to assess the abilities of their pupils over a period of time than a prescribed test can. I'd rather see our primary education system move away from tests and assessments and more towards creative learning, but the opposite seems to be happening! #passthesauce

    • May 3, 2016 / 5:44 pm

      That is very true. The government seems to be all about test scores and results and it's getting worse.
      Thanks for commenting xx

  4. May 3, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Hi, I am coming at it from a teacher perspective too. You make some interesting points but I have to disagree. Teaching to tests is a futile process as you are merely training them to tick boxes. It puts the children under undue pressure and as a result the parent and teacher. It is't conducive to good learning and at this young age teaching should be about engaging pupils and inspiring them in the classroom which I believe the tests take away. I understand later on that they need tests but it just feels far too young and rather pointless. However, like you say it could be used as a way to get them used to tests. Perhaps informal tests is the way forward, if that is possible #passthesauce

    • May 3, 2016 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I totally understand your points. xx

  5. May 3, 2016 / 9:31 am

    I am a teacher – sorry I respectfully disagree as I have seen first hand what the pressure of doing exams can do to a 7 year old or 11 year old. I have had exceptionally bright pupils cave and massively underperform to be labelled as below average when they are anything but.
    Teacher's are much better at judging what a pupil is capable of than a badly written test (that may have been published on the internet and practised by some).
    These are children who should be inspired by their education – developing creative thinking and just enjoying life being kids. Not hating school because of the SATs. Good teachers are striving to relieve the pressure on their kids and to let them see how amazing they really are not how their worth is related to a mark on a paper.

    • May 3, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks Catie for your opinion. Its great to see the other side from a teachers perspective. xx

  6. May 3, 2016 / 8:50 am

    I'm inclined to agree with you to be honest! We had exam weeks from year 6 I think (so was what, 8?) and was a bit stressed/nervous, but not overly so. No-one likes a test but they are a part of life unfortunately and it's better to learn as you go along. As long as you dont add pressure they are fine…whats a job interview if not a test after all?

    • May 3, 2016 / 9:25 am

      Thanks for commenting Saffy. ohh Job interviews! Yep big tests in life. What everything builds up to at the end of the day. xx

  7. May 3, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I'm in two minds about this. My daughter starts school in September so in a couple of years time she will be doing her SATS, it seems like such a young age and do they really need testing at that age?!
    On the other hand, when I was in school I took tests and I never felt pressure. Like you said, I do think it rubs off from the parents. The test results are a chance to see what level they are and if they need any extra help.

    • May 3, 2016 / 9:23 am

      It is a hard subject to get your head around I think. You want whats best. Thanks for commenting xx

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