SATS fiasco leaves headteacher feeling 'disgusted'

PUBLISHED: 08:34 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

SEATON Primary School's headteacher is disgusted by the SATS fiasco, after learning he will have to wait until later in October to have all the results and will have to pay.

SEATON Primary School's headteacher is disgusted by the SATS fiasco, after learning he will have to wait until later in October to have all the results - and will have to pay.Alan Simpson said, after waiting months to get the school's results, he felt many had been inadequately and unfairly marked. The children concerned are already at secondary school and he fears some have been assessed incorrectly. "If we failed like this, we would be held over hot coal," Mr Simpson said. "We feel let down by the system. I didn't think it was good before, but it's been worse this year."He said children and parents were also disappointed by problems with the SATS and felt it necessary to have some papers re-marked, even if it were too late to make much difference.He said: "It may seem a pointless exercise now but I want to make sure we have the right marks for the school and the children. We shouldn't have to pay, but those are the rules. I think it should be a free service if we are not happy with the way things have been done."The whole thing was a debacle as far as I'm concerned. "We can't believe how badly the papers were marked - one just seemed to mark the hand writing and others were very hard on the children. Some seemed to have a difference of seven to eight marks. I'm disgusted by it."He felt the marks would not reflect the school fairly in the case of an Ofsted report, despite all the effort they had put in and slammed the whole SATS system."We would prefer not to use these tests and rely on teachers' assessments," he said. "We do well in the tests, but it doesn't mean anything as far as I'm concerned."The sats fiasco has affected schools which have received their results on time. Headteacher Anne-Marie McIntosh, at St Mary's Catholic School, in Axminster, said: "We've all been affected by it. We can't compare with the other schools who don't have their results, which forms part of our reports to parents in November showing standards and achievements of the children.


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