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Testing to support year 7 transition

Steve Walters explains why his school's introductory/transition programme for year 7 includes the use of a cognitive abilities test.

Like most schools, St Peter’s Collegiate School, where I work, believes it is the inherent right of every student to receive the best education possible. 

Part of this process is understanding everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and then tailoring our teaching to ensure we bring out the best in everyone. 

Logical isn’t it? Except in practice, understanding your pupils from day one is not as straightforward as it could be.

One of the key sources of information schools get about our pupils are their SAT results. However, we began having doubts that the SAT results were providing us with a true picture of an individual child’s ability. 

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