Headteachers in Sats review call

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HEADTEACHERS in Leigh have called for a major overhaul of Sat tests for primary schoolchildren.

The local branch of the National Union of Headteachers (NAHT) says this year’s exam results for 11-year-olds are only a “snapshot” of the achievements of pupils in the borough.

NAHT Wigan Branch Secretary Mike Wilson has now urged the Government to change the assessments to improve the way the progress of primary schoolchildren is monitored.

It follows news that 20 local primary schools have returned dozens of Sats papers this year amid claims of widespread marking errors.

Mr Wilson said: “Results continue to improve and everyone should remember that behind the tables and statistics are thousands of individual success stories. They should not and must not be lost in the debate about standards in our schools.”