Reaction to SATs week


With the National Tests out of the way for another year we asked Deputy Head Michael Tidd, Assessment Consultant Shareen Mayers and Year 6 teacher Joanna Keelan for their initial reaction to the 2017 papers.

Thanks to Michael Tidd, Shareen Mayers and Joanna Keelan for sharing their thoughts on this year’s tests.


“Those of us who suffered through the traumas of the Reading test of 2016 were prepared for the worst on Monday, and in most cases were pleasantly surprised.  That’s not to say that it was easy, but it did at least feel fair”.

Read Michael’s initial reaction to the 2017 national tests in full here

“After the challenging reading paper in 2016, many teachers were pleasantly surprised by the 2017 reading paper.  The questions seemed to be a little more accessible and the texts appeared to be more relevant to year 6 pupils, especially the English Channel text.”

Read Shareen’s full breakdown of the 2017 reading and grammar test here

“I believe the new style SATs tests are challenging, which all of us in the profession knew when the new curriculum came out in 2014.  Little did we know how challenging until SATs in 2016, however, the tests the children sat this year, gave all abilities in that year a chance to show their ability.”

Read Joanna's reflection on the 2017 SATS in full here

We would also like to thank Andrew Percival for tweeting us his reaction to the SATs.

“I’m thankful we used @risingstarsedu practice tests to prepare for SATs.  They were really challenging so children didn’t get fazed by the real tests.”

Read the full case study of how Stanley Road Primary School used Optional Tests to prepare for this year’s national tests here


How did you find this year’s SATs?  We would love to hear your thoughts on this year’s papers!  Let us know on twitter @risingstarsedu


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