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 before SATS week in schools.
The report, published by the Education Select Committee, is critical of the changes to the SATS system introduced last year. Year 6 pupils will be sitting their SATS in Maths and English next week.
Julie Pörksen, a student teacher currently training with Northumbria University's Schools Direct programme, commented:
"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."
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Education Select Committee report