Sats review ‘does not go far enough’ - Havant headteacher

The hustings at Portsmouth College - from left:  David Carpenter (college governor), Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Lib Dems), Ian McCulloch (Green), Steve Fitzgerald (college teacher and chair), Stephen Morgan (Labour), Kevan Chippindall-Higgin (Ukip) and Penny Mordaunt (Cons)   Picture: Heather Eggelton

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THE head of a top primary school in Leigh Park has blasted a report recommending reforms to the controversial Sats exams.

Colin Harris, of Warren Park Primary – rated outstanding by Ofsted – said Lord Bew’s independent review of Key Stage 2 exams in reading, writing and maths, published yesterday, does not go far enough.

He welcomed proposals to scrap creative writing tests, but demanded a more flexible approach to testing maths, reading and spelling.

Mr Harris, who boycotted Sats last year, said: ‘Some of these children are just 10 and to sit them down on a specific day at a specific time in stressful exam conditions is draconian and doesn’t give a fair representation of their abilities.’

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