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Scrapping Sats: Your thoughts

See if you agree with what these pupils have to say about Sats

Children in England getting ready for Sat exams in May this year could be the last ones to have to take the tests.

Sats for 14-year-olds have already been scrapped, and now the government is under pressure to get rid of them for younger kids too.

So what do you think of the idea? Should Sats be dropped from schools?

Are they way too stressful and you'll be glad to see the back of them? Perhaps you don't mind them, and think they're a pretty good way of measuring how much you've learnt.

Whatever you think, we want to hear from you.

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Your Comments

"I think Sats should be scrapped. They don't help in deciding future careers."

Hannah, 12, London, England

"I really don't like them and we have been doing practice Sats and it is getting really annoying. Also if you don't like the practice Sats then you will be really panicking about the real ones! As I'm in the top year at our primary school my Sats really count so I am quite nervous!"

Felicia, 10, Cheshire, England

"I think that it's a great idea to quit Sats as children who are doing the Sats are only ten and it puts pressure on them. But it is not fair that we still have to do them this year!!!"

Katherine, 10, London, England

"I did Sats last year and I hated it and it is was completely pointless. We did practise tests 10 weeks before Sats and did about two a day and in the end, Sats are just to tell you what sets you will be at secondary school but you get moved up or down any way."

Adam, 12, West Midlands, England

"I think that primary schools should not make children do Sats because they are only young people and it puts stress on small children when instead they need to learn more to become successful in the future. Overall I think that Sats should be scrapped because its puts too much stress on kids which is unnecessary at this age."

Romaisa, 13, London, England

"I think that it is a good idea because when we do a test it puts too much pressure on us and then we start to struggle."

Chloe, 12, UK

"I think Sats should be scrapped because they make people upset and stressed. Some people say the Sats help you learn more but as I said earlier they just make you angry and stressed."

Jack, 11, Eltham, England

"I think that KS1 shouldn't do them because it's really worrying for younger kids. KS2 should because they need to get used to it for high school. I'm doing mine in a few weeks and I'm a bit worried!!"

Emily, 11, UK

"Sats should not be scrapped! They gives us an idea of what our GCSES will be like and it gives us practise!"

Abigail, 10, Chesterfield, England

"I don't think we should have year 6 Sats as they put children under pressure and we have more things to be worrying about like going to high school! SCRAP SATS!"

Ellie, 11, Suffolk, England

"We go to school to learn new things! Not to do Silly Assessment Tests!"

Richard, 10, Kent, England

"Sats is just a test, and studying for them makes you learn a lot more, if you are clever enough they are easy if you just study!!!"

Faequa, 11, London, England

"I think scrapping the Sats is a good thing in a way because it pressurises us children."

Neil, 13, Middlesex, England

"I was at a private boarding school when I was 11 so it was a little different for me, as some private schools don't do Sats, we had other tests though. I don't think Sats are a good idea because they put children under a lot of stress."

Thomas, 13, London, England

"I think that we should have Sats as they are really good practices for GCSEs. I also think that you don't miss something until it is gone."

Elinor, 13, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think you should do Sats because I did them. They show your secondary school what sort of level you're on in maths, science and English."

Hinna, 12, Surrey, England

"I am getting ready to do my Sats in about five or six weeks. They are a nightmare! I am expected to get 5As in EVERYTHING. Too much pressure! Especially in maths, where there is way too much pressure. Scrap the Sats. I don't want anyone else to go through this."

Chloe, 11, Milton Keynes, England

"That's not fair! I would have to do Sats this year and my sister won't have to do her Sats when she is in Year 6! I feel half and half about them being scrapped, because Sats are convenient for the teachers to judge our ability. Then they can understand what we need improving on in the future."

Sindurii, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"I think Sats should be scrapped because they put too much pressure on students and teachers."

Phoebe, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"Sats are quite fun and they help our secondary school teachers to know what level we are at - so we shouldn't scrap them!"

Priya, 11, Swindon, England

"I think it's unfair because some children have already had to sit their Sats and it's unfair. Also, Sats tell secondary school teachers which classes to put you in."

Harsha, 12, Hampshire, England

"It's not as though Sats are hard, so why is everyone getting so annoyed? Sats are important. You can't just scrap GCSEs or A Levels, so why scrap year 6 Sats?"

Thomas, 13, Nottinghamshire, England

"I don't think Sats should be scrapped. I did them and they helped me understand what level I am at and what level I should work towards. It also helped me understand what subjects I'm stronger at and which ones I need to work harder at. The Sats should be kept as they can help you in secondary school!!!"

Emma, 11, Essex, England

"I don't think that Sats should be scrapped because I had to do them last year and I don't think it would be fair if students didn't have to do them anymore. They're not as bad as everyone makes out."

Izzy, 11, Hampton, England

"I think we should do Sats because they can help us for when we get a job and for when we do stuff in school. I know that children don't want to do Sats but everyone has to and if they do they might become brainier."

Mercedes, 9, Newcastle, England

"I think it is a bad idea to scrap them. They are useful to see how you are doing and I wasn't stressed much about them at all!"

Laura, 12, London, England

"That rocks! Even though I'm doing mine this year."

Charlotte, 10, West Sussex, England

"I don't think you should have to do Sats because they make children so worried that they don't get the answers right anyway."

Olivia, 10, South Yorkshire, England

"I think that they should scrap Sats. I'm doing them this year and revising is really tricky and stressful. My year 6 teacher calls them Silly Assessment Tasks!! SCRAP SATS!!!"

Emily, 11, Warrington, England

"Year 6 Sats helped me to get into my secondary school and get into all the top classes. They are good practice for GCSEs as well."

Clara, 11, England

"When I did my Sats, as far as I can remember, I didn't really feel under pressure! They can give your new secondary school an idea of what level you're working at so you can settle in better. I think they shouldn't scrap Sats!"

Marie, 12, Cambridge, England

"I don't think we should do Sats because sometimes they are so so hard."

Megan, 9, Warrington, England

"I think you should not have to do Sats because they make children so worried that they don't get their answers right."

Olivia, 11, South Yorkshire, England

"I'm not really worried about it because I don't live in England, but I think they shouldn't be scrapped."

Naomi, 9, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"I think Sats or 'puzzles' as my teacher calls them should be scrapped because my class are missing out on valuable lessons because of Sats practice."

Millie, 11, Newcastle, England

"Sats are basically useless. In a year, Year 9s would start their GCSE's anyway."

Katy, 12, Surrey, England

"I think they should continue having Sats in Year 6 because this will help the secondary school teachers to identify which class each child should go to. However, I think you shouldn't have Year 9 Sats, I think it's a waste of time. I don't see the point!"

Jithin, 12, Merseyside, England

"It's not good to stop Sats because how else would you get used to high school exams."

Holly, 12, London, England

"In Scotland we call them 'cat tests' but it really is something you need to do so you can be placed appropriately. The problem with them though is you never know your mark, it's classified."

Angus, 13, Scotland

"I think you should do Sats in Year 6 but not in secondary school."

Emmie, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"My family all say Sats are a waste of time because they make you feel really nervous and anxious and they don't really mean anything or help your education!!"

Laura, 11, Ireland

"I am sitting Sats this year and I am not looking forward to them! I think they should be scrapped as they put children under too much pressure and it doesn't show their ability."

Claire, 11, Buckingham, England

"I think that the government should scrap the Sats because kids worry too much and it could affect their score."

Demi, 12, Manchester, England

"Sats are really important and even if they scrap them you still have to do Cats in high school."

Chloe, 12, UK

"Sats are important as they are used along with Cats for setting everyone in high school. I don't know why everyone moans, they're not as hard as everyone thinks!"

Becki, 14, Greater Manchester, England

"Nope, I would definitely say that however boring they are you must take them."

Kaly, 11, York, England

"No, I don't think you should scrap Sats, because they prepare you for other exams in later life."

Louise, 11, Wokingham, England

"Sats should be scrapped. Everyday I have to go into my class and do mock Sats, (they're bad enough!) It's putting lots of pressure on us. Sats should be scrapped!!"

Claire, 11, North Yorkshire, England

"I think that they should keep Sats because I have to do them this year, so everyone else should too!"

Sally, 11, England

"I'm doing Sats this year, and what the union says is true - we're not being taught different subjects, just how to pass tests but I don't know if they should be scrapped. We are doing Sats twice this year - the first time to see our progress and the second time to judge our levels. I think we should just do them once, because it just adds more pressure on kids."

Lucienne, 11, Oxford, England

"I did the Sats last year and they were really easy. I can't see what the problem is. If they got rid of them they would just get some other kind of test. Whatever you call it, it is still a test."

Edward, 12, Worcestershire, England

"Sats are boring at school we should get rid of them!"

Yasmin, 11, Kent, England

"Sats put children under pressure, and they should be scrapped. Instead, you could just take a normal exam that tells your teachers how you're doing and the level you are at. The problem with the Sats is they get sent away so people worry more about doing well. Scrap Sats!! "

Maria, 14, London, England

"I think it's good scrapping Sats so we can focus on GCSEs."

Sunil, 11, London, England

"I don't have to do my Sats but I do have to do them next year and I don't think it's fair because we have to do tests as well!!"

Poppy, 12, England

"Even though my school scrapped the Sats we still have to do the same test. The only thing that has changed is the NAME!"

Kristian, 14, Hampshire, England

"I think those who have already taken and passed an exam to get into a grammar or private school should not have to take Sats. Those who haven't, should."

Hattie, 11, Warwickshire, England

"I think Year 6 need to sit Sats to get an accurate idea of how they are doing in class, but there should be less pressure. Also, they should be stopped for Year 2."

Charlotte, 14, Cheshire, England

"I have to do my Sats this year and we had to do practice Sats last month. I don't think it is fair on us because the Year 5 class won't have to do them next year."

Charlie, 11, East Sussex, England

"All Sats do is make your brains explode! It's just an excuse to give teachers a break!"

Lola, 10, London, England

"The Year 6 Sats are really important because high school teachers need to know how smart you are so they know which class to put you in!!"

Georgia, 13, North Yorkshire, England

"I think Sats are a good way for pupils to experience new challenges, like exams, and for teachers to see how they're doing."

Abi, 12, West Yorkshire, England

"I think we should scrap them because our primary school teachers can talk to our secondary school teachers about us, rather than relying on a test. Tests aren't always accurate anyway, you could be feeling poorly or be having a bad day so they won't reflect your real ability."

Georgia, 13, Suffolk, England

"I think it's ridiculous that Sats might be scrapped, because Sats are really good practice for GCSEs, and by not practising doing exams then it could lead to children freaking out during important exams."

Mickey, 15, Hampshire, England

"No, I think we should do more Sats as it's for our benefit."

Dan, 11, Gloucester, England

"I think Sats are so boring and they are a waste of time!"

Sophie, 13, Gloucester, England

"I think the government should scrap Sats because there's no point in taking them. At school we were doing a debate about whether we should stop doing Sats and everyone said YES!"

Zainab, 10, Essex, England

"I really enjoyed the Sats because the experience was good practice for job/deadline tension."

James, 13, Hampshire, England

"They should scrap Sats because it's a complete waste of time and Sats don't decide your life, GCSEs do."

Callum, 12, London

"I think they should scrap Sats!"

Ellie, 10, Bradford, England

"I think that we should not have to do Sats if we don't want to."

Stephanie, 13, Cheshire, England

"Sats should be replaced with creative writing tests - marked on grammar, paragraphing and originality. Book reviews instead of reading tests. Maths tests would become puzzle tests. They should be FUN and less stressful."

Emma, 13, Tyne and Wear, England

"I think doing Sats is quite good. It's important to test yourself because you need to let high schools know what level you are at and teachers' assessments aren't always reliable."

Daisy-Anna, 12, Manchester, England

"For about the last half of Year 6, I did Practice Sats. It was a waste of time. Every day, testing, testing, while education was just being shoved to the side. I didn't learn anything. Sats just stress kids out, instead of teaching them anything."

Juliette, 12, Manchester, England

"I think it's wrong, ALL 14 year old should sit Sats. We all did so it's not really fair if they don't have to sit them but that's my opinion."

Jenny, 15, Buckingham, England

"Our class voted on the following:

1) Teacher Assess = 14

2) Sit each level = 5

3) Stay same = 3

4) Abstain = 2"

Sharks Class, 11, Suffolk, England

"I don't think we should ban them because otherwise our secondary school teachers won't know how clever we are."

Penny, 10, Hampshire, England

"It may seem like a good idea but is it a good idea for your education?"

Suzanne, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"I think they shouldn't scrap Sats in primary schools."

Charlene, 11, Leicester, England