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Last Updated: Sunday June 14 2009 11:01 GMT

Plan to end Sats for 11-year-olds

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Sats exams for 11-year-olds could be scrapped if the government loses the next general election.

The man in charge of schools for the main opposition party says they want to get rid of Sats exams taken at age 11 in primary schools in England.

Instead the Conservative Party will get children to take exams in their first year at secondary school.

They think getting rid of Sats will make it easier for children to learn a wider range of information.

At the moment some experts think too many schools teach children how to pass exams instead of concentrating on helping them learn.

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In October 2008 the government got rid of Sats for 14-year-olds in England, but they're still running for seven and 11-year-olds.

From next year 10 and 11-year-old children will only sit exams in maths and English, with teachers deciding how good they are at science.

The tests are also being moved from May to June.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland you don't have to do Sats and don't have to sit any big exams until you are 15 or 16 years old.