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Discussion in 'Primary' started by atlantadonbavand, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. atlantadonbavand

    atlantadonbavand New commenter

    Hello Everyone,
    I am a student hoping to become a primary school teacher eventually and am currently doing a research project on how SATs is affecting pupils and teachers within the educational environment. I was just wondering if anyone would please do an anonymous questionnaire for me if I posted the link on here?

    It would be a great help.
    Thank You
  2. WelshMags

    WelshMags New commenter

    I would be happy to.
  3. damo6bomb

    damo6bomb New commenter

    Go for it.
  4. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    (Just wondering if Markuss is all right... He’d usually have checked into a thread like this by now, reminding us all that they’re most definitely NOT ‘SATS’...)

    Go on, post the link and I’ll give it a go.
  5. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Go for it.
  6. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Lol. OK but I think everyone knows now that national curriculum tests are not SATs.

    For benefit of original poster, calling NCTs "sats" is just a sort of teachers' joke.
  7. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    I'll do the questionnaire about SATs.

    I like saying Sats in different ways as it annoys markuss when people say SATS.
  8. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    They are called SATs now:

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  9. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    cassandramark2 likes this.
  10. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    The correct abbreviation for national curriculum tests is "NCTs".

    Teachers make a joke of it by quirky spellings. One capital "s" is a favourite. (The "TES" likes that one!) or three (as above) or sometimes four and occasionally none. You can even see a spare apostrophe thrown in for fun from time to time.

    To add to the joke, some even pretend to know what the aberrant letters stand for - such as:

    Survey about Teachers
    School Accountability Trials
    Standardised Assessment Tests.

    All comical nonsense.

    If any version of the nickname appeared in an Ofsted report, they would have to correct it, of course. Anyone ever seen that blunder? Do schools get away with the nickname on their reports on pupils? Ever get asked what the nickname means?
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2018
  11. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    I have had contracts to mark Key Stage Tests and they have never referred to "SATs". Has anyone who has marked the tests ever seen "SATs" or "Sats" or similar in their contract offer or in any of their official documents? Or seen in print any ridiculous phrase that the letters might stand for?
  12. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Grandsire likes this.
  13. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    "Often referred to as..." in the link above fails to say "in order to mock the gullible".

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