'No plans' for Sats sanctions, says council

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Sunderland City Council says it has “no plans” for sanctions against parents who kept their children out of school in protest against tests for six and seven-year-olds.

More than 40,000 people signed a national petition supporting a boycott of Year 2 Sats, although it is not known exactly how many parents kept their children at home today in protest.

The chief inspector of schools spoke out in support of Sats for six and seven-year-olds as children across England went on “strike” in protest at the controversial exams.

A spokesman for Sunderland City Council said: “The City Council understands the concerns of parents, yet keeping children at home could undermine their school education. The council has no plans for sanctions against parents.”

Sir Michael Wilshaw said the tests are crucial in identifying children who are struggling with English and maths and helping them improve, insisting: “Children who fall behind in the early years of their education struggle to catch up in later years."