This deserves to be read, because it matters. When I was in school, SATS were largely meaningless except for maybe helping with ‘sets’ – i.e. the year 9 SATS helpd put you in maths sets with similar ability kids for the start of year 10, and some people did then get juggled around. Meaningless is what they should be; an exercise to practice the discipline of an ‘exam’, and maybe to help with some arbitrary groupings. Nobody succeeds or fails at anything at 11.
My children are adopted. They were adopted at the ages of three, four and six. As with nearly all children adopted in this country over the last couple of decades, this means that their early life experiences were pretty terrible. As each was born, their collective experience of life became more damaging, as their circumstances worsened. So the eldest is least affected as her first years were perhaps less difficult experiences, while the youngest is most affected, as her entire first two years of life were appalling. I’m not going to go into detail here about their specific early life experiences, but if you want to read up on the sort of effects which can result from serious neglect or abuse, then you could read this .
Why am I writing this ? Especially now after midnight in the middle of the Easter holidays ? It’s because I’m so angry I…
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