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Last Updated: Thursday March 26 2009 18:53 GMT

Call to scrap primary school Sats

Ore finds out why Sats could be scrapped

There's some great news if you're set to sit Sats in 2010 - some teachers in England may refuse to make you do them.

If you're getting ready to sit exams this year you'll still have to, but you may be the last kids to do so.

Two groups that look after teachers' interests say they think the Sats are bad for children's education.

They say that the exams mean children are only being taught how to pass tests and aren't learning enough about a wide range of subjects.

In October 2008 the government decided that Sats were going to be scrapped for 14-year-olds, but you still have to do them at seven and 11 in England.

Around 600,000 11-year-olds are preparing to take Sats in maths, English and science in May this year.

At the moment the teachers' groups - called unions - haven't decided for definite that they're going to refuse to teach the tests.

But unless the government talks to them about their concerns those groups will ask their members to vote on whether to teach the tests in 2010 or not.

The unions want children's progress to be measured by their teachers, not tests or exams.

If the Sats are scrapped in England it would bring the country in line with the others in the UK - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - which don't have the exams.