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My first direct experience of Year 2 SATs

The last two weeks have been a bit odd for me. Zach has been taking his Year 2 SATs. My eldest has done them but I have not had direct knowledge of how they are tested.
I have been an exam invigilator for GCSEs and A Levels for the last 8 years so it felt bizarre to see how 6 and 7 year olds are tested!
Despite the young age of the children, these tests are administered in a formal way. They are not necessarily described as SATs or tests in front of the children but the set up is to move apart desks and work in silence.

I personally, as a parent, am not bothered by SATs results. Age Related Expectations are higher than ever and I am certain that Zach will be judged more stringently than Matthew was 6 years ago (Anya didn’t have SATS due to Covid but will do the Year 6 SATs next year).
I care more than my children are kind and polite, that they have friends and stick up for the underdog. Academic achievement has always been secondary to me than their social skills and happiness (which has earned me some odd looks at parents’ evenings).
Good luck to all the children, teachers and schools for this year’s tests.
The 2024 KS1 SATs will be optional, I wonder how many schools will participate…


  1. Ahh! I just assumed you were invigilating the GCSE’s not the SATs, how interesting.
    You are right with your way of thinking. Being kind and polite is more important at that age than SAT results. x

  2. In Australia, we’re quite test mad. It’s so weird. And it’s very easy to get caught up in it. But the Uni’s have found that everyone with high marks goes to Uni because of expectation, and then drop out. So Uni’s are now trying to get people with lower marks but wanting to go for the right reasons in. So there’s now all these different ways to get in, because as one Uni said “It’s very easy to get a first year student, it’s much harder to get a 2nd or 3rd year student. Just because you get a high mark, doesn’t mean University is for you”. It doesn’t help that everyone with the highest mark goes into Medicine or Law because they think they ‘should’ because of their mark, rather than the course that actually interests them. (Apparently it’s us parents that push them into it).
    So, do your best, get the best that you can but it really doesn’t matter in the long run….#Dreamteam

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