My son will also take the SATs in year 8 (same school as Chad's son). He does not seem negatively affected in anyway, and I am personally quite in favor of it.
I believe some problems may occur if lessons are missed due to ill health. There isn't a second chance to go over the topic.
I am not so sure, unless the child misses a lot.
As far as I understand it, year 7 Sciences goes over all the sujects in not too much depth, with knowledge and understanding extended in year 8.
- I will have to double check this -
As for Maths, my son just missed last week (authorised holidays
), but came back without any problem whatsoever.
As Chad says, we'll have to see how it goes next year.
I don't beleive that SATs results are too important for the child academic record though, unless performance or understanding at GCSE level is affected. We will have to wait even longer to judge this.