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As the countdown to the last day of term gathers momentum, parents of year 2 and year 6 pupils will also be awaiting the results of the SATs taken back in May.

If your child/children took their SATs this year, you may be hearing and reading about national statistics and pass rates in the press, but what do your child’s results mean for them?

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It’s the summer term and across Bristol pupils are working on their final preparation for KS1 and 2 SATs.

With SATs having gone through a dramatic shake up in the last 24 months, teachers, parents and pupils are having to work towards new topics and new expectations.

It is understandable therefore, for parents and pupils to be looking for support in the build up to these exams. So to help, here is our guide to supporting your child through whichever exams they are preparing for this summer.

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Snow White at parents evening

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Whether you arrived expecting it, or it came out of the blue, hearing negative things about your son or daughter at parents evening is pretty unpleasant.

Although it is hard to hear, finding out that there are problems with your child’s performance or behaviour at parents evening, does give you the opportunity to help your child get back on track.

So, before you go to pieces and ground your son or daughter until they are 18, here is some guidance on how to turn that bad parents evening round and get something positive from your 10 minutes of harrowing feedback.

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In 20 years’ time, when you look back at your life with your child, how likely are you to say, “I wish he had done better in his SATs”? My best guess is that there is no likelihood at all. I expect by then you won’t remember what SATs are, let alone what your child’s results were. It is much more likely that you will be thinking about those golden early years and wondering where it all went. You will be wishing you had spent less time at work and more time together in the park.

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Awesome Teacher Award

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Finally we have the winners of our ‘Awesome Teacher’ competition and last Friday I had the pleasure of presenting the prizes of a Kindle HD and gift vouchers to winning children and teachers at St. Mary Redcliffe Primary School in Windmill Hill and Hillcrest Primary School in Totterdown.

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