The work for GCSEs only really start in Year10 and how they cope with the workload is very important. I've gone through this with several dc's (and seen their friends) and some very bright child in year9 (level 8's) fail to achieve their potential as GCSE workload/study/social life all gets out of balance
Completely agree with this comment - having had dc's go through the process multiple times. The SATs give an indicator of the dc's strengths and may show if they are struggling with some subjects but the real work for GCSE's start in Yr10.
If they apply themselves for 2 years and put in the hard work - especially in Yr10 (which is often a shock as Yr9 has less workload) then they can build on the SATs results. Having the study and essay skills seems to be the key to high grades in GCSE's.
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