The General Teaching Council, widely regarded as some sort of chocolate teapot that does nothing at all for teachers, has got of its backside and produced a report that says that the SAT's tests for under 16's should be scrapped and replaced by ongoing assessment from teachers.
For one, I am in completely in agreement with the GTC on this. Government tests at age 7 are informal assessment by the teacher based on a number of pieces of work. Why this isn't the case of children aged 11, I don't know. I have a boy in my class who is 12 years of age, is very able, his books show how well he is doing yet in last year's SAT's, he was unwell and produced what was for him a poor piece of work. Should he really have four years of school judged on a test ?
For 16 year olds we have moved away from single exams and include more coursework yet for 11 year olds the opposite is true.
My guess is that it will take a government brave enough to trust Ofsted and the inspections that are carried out in order to scrap tests. Government's like statistics and targets and for all their faults, of which there are many, SAT's tests give politicians plenty of statistics and a chance to beat teachers over and over.