Thomas came home with his SATS results last night. He did really well and we're very proud of him.
Unusually for a boy his marks for English, reading, spelling, grammar etc were higher than his maths. There wasn't much difference in the marks but I've always said I'd rather they were good at English because I think it's really hard to grasp that subject if it doesn't come naturally.
With maths I tend to think as long as you can do the basics the rest is about memorising formulas etc. even if you need a bit of extra help doing it like Amy.
His results have given him a big confidence boost although we totally underplayed the whole SATS thing and he has it all weighed up really. Amy was a godsend as well. She told him not to bother about the marks too much because you spend the first fortnight in High School being re-tested anyway.
The cut off mark for pass/fail was 100 and one of his friends got 99 in a subject so has failed. I think schools use terms such as 'not met required standard', but the pass/fail words are being used by the children so they may well be used in school. Thomas said the boy was really upset and didn't speak all day. I know Thomas would have felt for that boy missing out by just one mark.
I hate that bloody F word. These are young children we're talking about aged 10/11 years old. Who needs a pass or fail label at that age. Just give them a mark and then put them in the relevant sets at High School.
If anybody has children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews who have had their results then I hope they've done well. If they've not managed to meet the required mark then I really hope that they're not affected by it too much. And for any teachers and teaching assistants reading this I'm sure you've managed to convey to every child in your class that they're all stars in their own right.
I wonder what changes will take place yet again in our education system before this young lady reaches Y6.