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· CATs taken by Year 7 children at beginning of secondary school as a measurement of intelligence and a predictor of GCSE grades may put a ‘glass ceiling’ on academic ability and potential, according to study

· Nearly three quarters (70%) of Year 7 teachers use the test results to inform level of support given to both the neediest and most adept of pupils yet only 8% believe CATs are very accurate at predicting eventual GCSE performance

· 68% of teachers feel demoralised and unmotivated in their job from not being able to help most students outperform their CATs predicted grades

CATs (Cognitive Ability Test) – an assessment widely used when children start secondary school in order to gauge intelligence and predict GCSE grades, could inadvertently be limiting children’s academic progress and preventing them from achieving the highest possible grades, according to a new study published today.


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