Publication of SATS reportis criticised by Lib Dem candidate

Liberal Democrat candidate for the Berwick constituency, Julie Pörksen, has criticised MPs as being insensitive and out of touch for releasing a report on Key Stage 2 SATS just beforethis year's cohort sit their exams.

Wednesday, 3rd May 2017, 10:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:19 pm

The report, published by the Education Select Committee, is critical of the changes to the SATS system introduced last year.

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Year 6 pupils will be sitting their SATS in maths and English next week.

Mrs Pörksen, a student teacher currently training with Northumbria University’s Schools Direct programme, said: “By releasing their critical report just before SATS, MPs are proving they are insensitive and out of touch and are not thinking about the well-being of pupils. The SATS system does need reviewing, but there is a time and a place for those reviews, I hope in future they will be more considerate of the timing of their reports.

“As a trainee teacher, I know just how much SATS influence our education system – but we should be thinking more about the people not just the system. At this critical point in time pre-SATS, I believe we should all support the pupils, parent and teachers who together are working hard towards the best results they can achieve in maths and English. I hope all pupils have a relaxing weekend and wish everyone the best of luck to everyone involved in SATS next week.”