A poll reveals that school leaders believe that SATs should be scrapped because they are causing too much pressure for pupils and teachers alike.
Now growing numbers of senior teachers in England say the government needs to scrap SATs for Key Stage 2 pupils and introduce alternative methods for testing them.
The survey by campaign group More Than A Score found that 96% of senior primary school teachers said they are increasingly concerned over their pupils’ well-being.
They say the high pressure from the SATs test is affecting the 10 and 11-year-olds.
Also, 98% of teachers say they are also being put under too much pressure in a bid to meet the exam’s teaching requirements.
93% of teachers believe SATs narrow the curriculum
The survey also highlights that 93% of teachers believe SATs narrow the curriculum with a priority on maths and English which is at the detriment of art, music, drama and science.
SATs will take place this May when hundreds of thousands of Year 6 pupils will take part, but many are already finding that preparing for them is tough.
The survey led to the National Education Union’s joint general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted, saying: “The survey results demonstrate the assessment system is neither trusted nor liked by school leaders.
“We hear from Ofsted and the Department for Education continually that they want to improve primary education quality and reduce the stress on teachers and pupils.”
She said the government is clinging onto a discredited system and that teachers want to work where pupils are challenged, supported and engaged with learning.
‘Teachers and parents are getting their SATs preparation wrong’
Last month, the education secretary Damian Hinds said that teachers and parents are getting their SATs preparation wrong and they should not be a source of stress for their pupils and children.
In an article, he wrote that he’d been told worrying stories of youngsters who are not being allowed out to play as they are too busy revising for their exams.
He also referred to a poll carried out last year that found that 30% of schools ask their pupils to revise at home for their SATs and one in five schools send pupils home with previous exam papers.
The publication of the survey by the campaign group comes a week after the ASCL suggested that GCSE exams are outdated and need to be revised.