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  Teachers want Sats exams to end
Updated 21 April 2003, 16.24
Teachers want Sats exams scrapped
Sats exams could be a thing of the past if teachers get their way, after lots of them said they wouldn't take part in the tests.

The teachers are all members of a union called the National Union of Teachers (NUT), and at a big meeting lots of them said they wouldn't be involved in the tests.

Teachers want the tests stopped because they think the results don't matter very much and the NUT say the pressure of Sats is making some kids unwell.

Tests not the way

But it won't affect kids who are doing Sats before the summer.

The NUT needs to ask all the teachers who weren't at the meeting if they feel the same way before any action can happen.

Kids in England are tested at the age of seven, in England and Wales at 11 and then in the whole of the UK at 14.

Teachers reckon the best way to work out how well pupils are doing in school is to keep an eye on their progress all through the school year, rather than after one series of tests.

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