Year 6 Sats: Children ‘distraught’ after reading paper

Parents and teachers of Year 6 pupils say a Sats reading paper was so difficult it left children in tears.

One mother told the BBC that her child, who loves reading, was unable to finish the paper.

A head teachers’ union said even staff had struggled to understand the questions, and it would be raising concerns about the paper.

The Department for Education (DfE) said it worked to ensure that “all tests are appropriate”.

Some parents said on social media that their children were “distraught” after the paper, which is part of a series of national curriculum tests known as Sats.

A head teacher in Cheshire wrote to her MP calling for Sats to be scrapped after her primary school pupils were left “broken”.

Jill Russell, from Cumbria, said her daughter, Pashley, was “very close to tears” when she picked her up from school on Wednesday.

Pashley, who is autistic, loves reading and is the subject ambassador for English in her school. She had been worried about Sats, but reading was “the one…

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