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SATs questions

Discussion in 'Primary' started by sunglassess73, May 16, 2019.

  1. sunglassess73

    sunglassess73 New commenter

    I am a first-time user and parent. I have a few concerns and questions about the SATs tests and how they are administered. I don't want to give away too many specifics, so can I just ask some questions please?
    1) Are staff allowed to look through pupils' papers after the test while the children are till in the room and tell them they have done well?
    2) Are staff in the room allowed to interrupt children during the test to tell them they have written down a good answers?
    3) Are staff allowed to point out when children have missed out a question?
    4) Are staff allowed to go around the room making noises to indicate whether a test answer is correct or incorrect?

    Any help you can give me would be great.
  2. dreamweaverplusactor

    dreamweaverplusactor New commenter

    No. To all the above.
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  3. kiddo1

    kiddo1 New commenter

    Most definitely not. Any of these would be deemed as maladministration.
  4. Sally006

    Sally006 Senior commenter

    Oh dear. I have a suspicion that is what you witnessed. None of it allowed but suspect it goes on in a lot of schools. There is guidance on maladministration and how to report it. But to me this shows the need for next year’s boycott and see an end to SATs for good.
  5. nancymancey

    nancymancey New commenter

    Absolutely not, and it infuriates me. How can it be a level playing field when this happens?
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  6. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Lead commenter

    No to all of the above.
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  7. flumps103

    flumps103 New commenter

    Absolutely not. It makes me mad that this clearly goes on and those of us who play by the rules suffer for it.
  8. cassandramark2

    cassandramark2 Lead commenter

    To be honest, if we are to continue with high stake KS2 SATs, wouldn’t it be fairer for all schools to have independent invigilators, such as those employed for GCSEs? I know it would cost a small fortune, but having seen some incredibly dubious, published results, it would eliminate the suspicion that some schools are not behaving in an ethical manner.
  9. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    No, unless for 1):they are looking to see if any answers cannot be read then you are allowed to call the child over and ask them what they wrote to transcribe it above (adding correct paperwork after). No comments about doing well or not (other than a general sort of everyone’s worked hard go and enjoy playtime type of thing.)

    But absolutely none of the other stuff. Sit quiet and let them get on with it. Best not to walk the room at all.

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