With the year 6 children recently taking their SAT exams, it has again come in to question as to if they are too hard. Many teachers feel that there is a lot of pressure out on students to do well during these exams and that as the papers are getting harder the pressure increases.
It is not only the students that are under pressure when it comes to exams but also the teachers. Not only do they worry as to if they have covered each topic in enough detail as is needed for the exams but also as to if they have taught it in such a way that all the pupils can understand it and most importantly, remember it.
Exams are a good way to measure progress of individual children and also to see how a school is achieving overall, but maybe it’s time to take a step back and remember what education should really be about.