In 2004 I was teaching in Year 2 and carried out the last key stage 1 SATS. After that, 6-7 year olds would no longer be subjected to national tests. Teachers would be back in the driving seat and Teacher Assessment would rule again! (Cue wild applause)
Three years later, and I am back with Year 2 again and on a course ...
When the course begins with the information that you have the choice of using the tests and tasks from 2005 or 2007, you do begin to wonder how 'gone' these SATS are!
This evening, someone asked me what course I had been on today.
"Oh it was on the Key Stage 1 SATS, you know, the ones that don't exist any more," I replied.
"Oh yes, I understand, My husband was a head teacher till he retired three years ago. He couldn't wait to leave.