Although this is actually old news, I felt I just had to post this when I heard about the story of Ben, a young lad with an autistic spectrum diagnosis who failed his SAT exams back in 2016.
Following the exam, his teacher, Mrs Clarkson wrote the following letter to Ben and his parents …
I am writing you to congratulate you on your attitude and success in completing your end of key stage SATs.
Gil, Lynn, Angela, Steph and Anne have worked so well with you this year and you have made some fabulous progress.
I have written to you and your parents to tell you the results of the tests.
A very important piece of information I want you to understand is that these tests only measure a little bit of you and your abilities. They are important and you have done so well, but Ben Twist is made up of many other skills and talents that we at Lansbury Bridge see and measure in other ways.”
Other talents you have that these tests do not measure include:
- Your artistic talents
- Your ability to work in a team
- Your growing independence
- Your kindness
- Your ability to express your opinion
- Your abilities in sports
- Your ability to make and keep friends
- Your ability to discuss and evaluate your own progress
- Your design and building talents
- Your musical ability
We are so pleased that all of these different talents and abilities make you the special person you are and these are all of the things we measure to reassure us that you are always making progress and continuing to develop as a lovely, bright young man.
Well done Ben, we are very proud of you.
Well done Ben – you are an inspiration!
And so too are you, Mrs Clarkson!