Why SATS fail our square pegs.

Our seven year old son is completely unaware that it is SATS week. As he skipped happily into class this morning I was hoping that, at the end of the week he would be just as happy, confident and carefree.

 

Our seven year old has a brilliant brain. He asks the most amazing, unusual questions, which often make us stop and really think.

 

Like MANY children he does not enjoy sitting down and doing school work. He likes to be actively exploring, creating and questioning. These are qualities I admire and love. His daydreamy nature could (if correctly nurtured) bring about amazing positive change.

 

Our son dreads the achy hand and humiliations attached to doing that perfect joined up writing.

Homework – what a weekly trial!

 

We will treasure those cards that say ‘Dear bad’. We don’t mind that his letters don’t hang and love watching the way that he still uses his finger when spacing words.

 

I do not worry about the boxes he will or won’t tick in this round of SATS, but I do worry about the things that are important. I will do anything to protect his self esteem and make him feel brilliant about what he CAN do.

 

If you have a square peg child taking their SATS this week don’t push them into extra practice. Devote free time to what makes them happy.

 

We must invest in what makes our individual children tick because their self esteem is more important than any tick box.

 

“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work.

It’s that you’re destroying the peg.”
Paul Collins

 

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