South Shields mum-of-three says SATs “put too much pressure on children”

Julie Smith, a mother of three from South Shields, was one of the many parents who protested against SATs last week.

Julie took her 10-year-old daughter out of her South Tyneside school for a day in protest against the exams.

The mother-of-three says that the tests are “unnecessary” and “they put too much pressure on children”.

She said: “At age six and seven children should be going to school and enjoying it, not having the pressure of revising and exams.

“Even older, nine/10, sometimes I’ve struggled to do my daughters homework that she has brought back. It is just far too much pressure.”

An online petition has been set up calling for an end to the tests. There is currently over 67,000 signatures, reaching the 100,000 mark, which would mean the petition would need to be discussed in Parliament.

The Government have released a statement, however, explaining why abolishing the tests would be a bad idea.

They claim: “To not administer the tests would be to undermine our shared goal of giving children the best possible start in life.”

To read the response in full and to get more information on the petition, click here.


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