For quite a long time now, some groups have argued for the abolition of the Year 6 SATs (Standard Assessment Tests). Those who do so argue that they lead to a narrowing of the curricula, encourage schools to “teach to the test” and harm wellbeing across the education sector.
On this final point, in a previous blog I have discussed how evidence of a negative impact of the SATs on pupil wellbeing is pretty thin.
But what about the link between the SATs and the wellbeing of teachers? In a new academic working paper released today I take a look…
It is likely that not all teachers are equally affected by the SATs; some will be much more exposed to the pressure they bring than others.
Those teaching Year 6 pupils – who are preparing them to take the tests – are likely to be at the sharp end of things.