Given the only way to pass these exams is to prepare for them, at least the preparation required for maths and English is something that will have a positive impact on their work throughout year 6 and beyond.
Practising VR may have an impact on some vocabulary, but much of the code-breaking and recognising odd compound words and most of the NVR seem fairly pointless activities to have to master just for this exam. There may be a small short term "brain gym" type gain from the activity, but other than "sometimes you have to jump through pointless hoops in order to achieve your goals" I'm not sure that there is much more to learn.
Exactly my own view LM! I am glad I didn't just sign DS up for Tiffin Boys now, doing English and Maths tremendously boosted his Sats and level. I would have felt a sense of wasted efforts and time if we only did VR & NVR.
[quote=]What do you mean by fairer? Fairer to whom? [/quote]
Now, that could open a whole can of worms!!
Suffice to say that it has been discussed that VR & NVR only tend to benefit the highly tutored students, and also ( or therefore?!) an argument that VR & NVR only test, tend to favour certain Ethnic minority group. Just recalling Chelmsford, Nonsuch, TGS etc stories and discussions here.