SATS results, what they mean and how to understand the codes

SATs resultsThis week year 6 kids across the country will receive their KS2 SATs results – but the new National Curriculum means the way the exams are marked has changed. So if your child is bringing home their scores, here’s what you need to know.

What are SATs?

SATS or Standard Assessment Tests are used to assess your child’s school progress at the end of years 2, 6 and 9. All papers children take at Key Stage 2 are marked externally and the results are used to measure the school’s performance. Year 6 pupils take papers in maths; reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling.

How will I know how my child has performed?

Recent curriculum changes mean children no longer get a ‘raw score’ but this now receive a ‘scaled score’ to ensure accurate comparisons of pupil performance over time. A scaled score of 100 or more means a child is working at the expected standard – coded ‘AS’, while a score below 100 indicates that a child has not reached the government expected standard – termed ‘NS’. The maximum score possible is 120, and the minimum is 80.

What score is considered to be a ‘pass mark’?

Government expectations set 100 as the standard scaled SATs score – but you can get varying marks in each paper. Each child will receive confirmation of whether they achieved the national standard.
‘NS’ means the expected standard was not achieved; ‘AS’ means the expected standard was achieved. You might be given your child’s scaled score or a code but you are unlikely to be told your child’s raw score. It’s best to chat to your child’s teacher if you feel concerned about their results.

How will I receive my child’s results?

Many schools send a sheet of results home with the end of term school report, others send a special SATs letter.

How will the SATs effect my child’s secondary school?

Secondary school teachers are told incoming pupils’ SATs scaled scores. Some schools use these to put kids into ‘sets’ while others use it as a quick way to identify which children need extra support in specific subjects. Check with your new secondary school if you want to know more.

Want to chat on all things SATS? Visit our Support Boards now.

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Mum Shares Frightening Account Of How Her Daughter Almost Drowned

Mum-of-triplets, Desiree has shared a terrifying account of how her daughter almost drowned to warn other parents of the dangers of secondary drowning. She writes:

“I never once imagined, as a Mother, I would ever find myself at the ER holding my sweet girl in my arms, tears streaming down my cheeks, uttering the words “My daughter almost drowned.” Two days ago we went swimming with friends at their pool …

Mother and daughter in hospitalIn a moment, an instance, a matter of seconds, my life changed. “She’s in the water! She’s in the water!!” My friend was screaming from the other side of the pool as she saw Charlize struggling submerged under the water. The next few moments were the slowest of my life. I stood up and saw with my own eyes my girl underwater fighting for her life. I couldn’t get to her fast enough no matter how fast I ran. I could see her tiny feet kicking trying so hard to get out, but she simply couldn’t. I finally got to the pool and pulled her out as fast as I could. Her blue lips are forever engraved in my memory. As soon as I took her out she instantly started spitting up water and in seconds, she vomited up a lot the water, and the watermelon and strawberries she had just eaten. She was sobbing. I was in shock. Her color came back and she coughed a little bit, but thank God she was okay. After about 30 minutes she was back to her normal self and eating a full dinner meal.

It looked like Charlize was playing on the larger pool step and got too close to the edge and quietly, silently, and quickly my daughter got into the water and went under. No one saw it happen, but it happened.

I had to call my husband and tell him our daughter almost drowned. I was horrified to even say the words out loud. After talking to him, we agreed we should take her to the ER. We have read so many articles about secondary drowning and wanted to be sure she was okay…

The x-ray showed pulmonary endema, which is an indication of inflammation and excess fluid in the lungs, which can lead to secondary or dry drowning. I went numb when the doctor told us this…

Charlize was monitored for a full day. And was doing great. Her symptoms never worsened.

Not all parents who walk through something like this get to hold their children at the end of the day. My heart grieves for them. I’m so thankful for the brave mama’s who have gone before me and shared their own stories of secondary drowning because they are the reason we wanted to take Charlize to the ER to make sure she was okay.”

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Mum Shares Shocking Photo To Warn Other Parents

Every year Heather Clare shares the same public service announcement, a shocking photo of the moment her daughter’s leg broke whilst sliding down a slide on her mother’s lap. She writes:

“When Meadow was 12 months old (I went down with Matthew first, but he was lucky), I went down the slide with her on my lap and her foot got caught between me and the slide. This picture is the moment her leg was breaking. She’s still smiling… because it was happening at this exact moment.”

Mother sliding down slide with daughter as her leg breaks

She continues, “When we went to the ER, the super empathetic 🙄 doctor lectured me on how common this injury is. I had no idea. I thought everyone took their kids down the slide.

“I strongly feel every playground should have a warning sign, but since I’ve never seen one (and we go to ALOT of playgrounds), I share this picture every year in hopes that the pain Meadow felt and the guilt that I still feel will save other babies and parents from the same.

“Don’t ever go down a slide with a baby on your lap. There is no SAFE way to go down a slide with your little… it is literally one of the top 3 reasons young children are seen in the ER during the Spring and Summer.

“For everyone commenting on how I am holding my daughter. We didn’t start this way. She was centered on my lap. When I realized what was happening, I used my top hand to try to stop us and leaned to release her foot.”

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Parent given $132,000 bill after child breaks statue

Weddings can be expensive but this one proved more expensive than most for one parent who was faced with a $132,000 bill after her five-year-old child accidentally knocked over a statue.

Sarah Goodman talks to This Morning about the incident and her determination not to pay the extortionate bill they were sent after the accident happened at the wedding reception, to which children were invited.

The statue was part of a temporary art display at the event venue – a community centre. This particular statue wasn’t in a glass case or roped off, despite its high value and the fact it sat at a height of over six feet tall, leaving the priceless art accessible to children.

Watch the full video below.

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Are you facing an unexpected bill you can’t pay?

Unexpected bills, or expenses that haven’t been budgeted for, can be extremely stressful, especially at a time when many family have to keep a close eye on their spending. If you have concerns about money, bills or debt, we’ve got a dedicated Support Group where help is available from parents in the same situation and our Channel Mum experts.

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The Gender Gap – What Is It & When Does It Start?

MIND the gender gap! It’s well known women are often forced to pay more for high street goods like clothes and toiletries – but did you know this so-called ‘pink tax’ applies to kids too?

Our shock new research from ChannelMum.com reveals two thirds of parents have noticed stores charging more for the same item depending on whether it’s aimed at boys or girls.

Seven in ten say girls are made to pay more – and the worst thing? It starts when kids are aged just 12 to 18 months old.

Girls’ prices are regularly higher for items including coats, T-shirts, nightwear and even underwear, with a price difference of up to 33%. Over a lifetime, that’s a lot of extra cash!

So what can you do? Our survey showed 97% want it stamped out either with a voluntary code of conduct or by making it illegal. But in the meantime, join the third of parents who are shunning stores which price by gender.

We want your opinion – do you think it’s ridiculous that girls’ stuff costs more, or is it not a big deal? Join in the conversation right here

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Hidden Epidemic of Maternal Mental Illness

Our recent survey has uncovered that alarmingly four in ten mums suffer frightening thoughts or hallucinations after giving birth – but keep quiet for fear of being judged or having their baby taken away. Official NHS figures show just 10 to 15 per cent of mums experience serious mental health issues, but experts believe there could be a ‘hidden epidemic’ of maternal mental illness, as 64 per cent of those who fall ill never try to get a formal diagnosis so are missed by official figures.The study of 1,670 mums found 65 per cent of those who experienced the awful thoughts weren’t told pregnancy and parenthood could affect their mental health. As a result, one in five feared they were ‘going mad’ when they fell ill, while 49 per cent were scared of being ‘judged negatively’.

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Our founder Siobhan Freegard said:

“If your body is broken after birth, everyone understands and supports you, but when your mind is broken, mums still feel they have to keep it hidden. These thoughts are disturbing and terrifying – but very often they are part of becoming a mum. We need to talk about it, normalise it and make mums realise they are not alone.”

More results from our new survey on Mums’ Mental Health

An alarmingly high number of you admitted you had experienced the unsettling thoughts. A fear that something dreadful will happen to your baby is the most common, with 62 per cent of those who suffered the hallucinations vividly feeling this. Forty-four per cent worried about their baby dying, 13 per cent imagined killing or harming their own child while one in 100 were convinced their mother-in-law was trying to take their baby.
The study also found others had visions of their baby being taken by strangers, eaten by a crocodile or snatched by the Grim Reaper.
Worryingly, 39 per cent felt their child and partner would be better off without them and 16 per cent even considered suicide.
Others worried they would be labelled a bad parent (43%) while 26 per cent were ‘ashamed’ of being mentally ill.
The stigma is so great that a disturbing 17 per cent of mums who fell ill admit they thought about self-harm to try to cope, with one in 20 going through with it but 19 per cent of mums who suffered mental illness after birth refused to access help in case their child was taken into care.

Siobhan Freegard said:

“I suffered from post natal depression and visualised extreme images after the birth of my first child then tried to cover it up, so I know exactly what women are going through when they hide it. There is so much pressure to cope and be the perfect parent that when you are crying inside while everyone around you is smiling, it makes you feel you are failing your baby and your whole family. Mums need to know they will get the right support and their baby won’t be taken away.”

Our psychologist Emma Kenny added:

“Good maternal mental health is something that every woman deserves, but due to the lack of knowledge and support this simply isn’t the case, leaving women to deal with some of the most terrifying and debilitating feelings at a time when they should be enjoying their positive new beginnings.”

Some of the Extreme Thoughts Mothers Have Experienced

“I believed my baby hated me and was trying to kill me”
“I planned to jump off the balcony with my baby”
“I thought my flat was haunted and would stay outside from dawn til dusk until my husband got home”
“I thought my baby would die if I didn’t wash up before my microwave pinged”
“I saw the Grim Reaper outside my bedroom door”
“I thought my twins weren’t mine”
“I thought that my mother in law was planning to take my baby”
“I thought that my baby would die because of germs. So I made everyone disinfect themselves before they could touch him. Someone touched my pram in a supermarket once and I couldn’t move due to fear of contamination. I stood in the cleaning isle vigorously disinfecting my pram.”
“I believed if I went to sleep, someone would break in and smother us all to death”
“I wanted to throw my daughter out of the window”
“I thought a crocodile was trying to eat my baby”
“I wanted to drive the car into a wall and kill my baby and myself”
“I cut all my hair off as I thought my baby was eating it and making himself ill”
“I thought everyone would be better off without me”
“I imagined an iron melting into my baby’s face”
“Just blackness, despair like being trapped in thick mud”

Chat on Channel Mum Chat to other mums and professionals in the Channel Mum Support Group.

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Read more about the Channel Mum research in these publications

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Almost HALF of new mothers suffer from frightening thoughts or hallucinations – and two thirds admit to hiding them for fear of being judged.

The Digiday Awards 2018

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The Channel Mum team had a fabulous start to 2018. On 25th January we attended The Digiday Awards Europe awards evening and were delighted to win two amazing awards for our work with Iceland and we were shocked to also bag the big award of the evening “Content Marketer of the Year”. You can see details below of the awards and a collection of photos from the night.

Channel Mum team at Digiday awards

The Digiday Awards Europe

Best Branded Content Series: Channel Mum and Iceland – “Power of Frozen

The judges said: “Frozen food brand Iceland had a brand-imagery issue: It was perceived as low-quality food with little nutritional value. With the help of parenting platform Channel Mum, Iceland worked with a variety of family influencers to show that Iceland products are both healthy and cost-effective. It has produced over 100 pieces of branded content with Channel Mum, with more to come”.

 

Digiday Content Marketing Awards Europe

We were delighted to win another award for our work with Iceland:

Best Branded Content Series: Channel Mum & Iceland – #PowerofFrozen

Channel Mum Team at Digiday awards

 

Finally we took the major award of the evening:

Content Marketer of the Year: Channel Mum

The judges praised Channel Mum for our: “… innovative tactics and place as a leader within the digital industry…”. This award wasn’t one brands could enter, we were nominated and chosen by the judges alongside the likes of The Guardian, Vice, Unilad, The FT, Viacom, Buzzfeed and News UK.

Channel Mum team at Digiday awards


Also a special mention
for the team at Benefit Cosmetics who won brand of the year for their recent work with Channel Mum, the judges said: “In 2017, Benefit Cosmetics distinguished itself from other beauty brands by reaching out to an under-recognised segment: mothers. Collaborating with influencers on the Channel Mum platform, it created the series Wake Up to Makeup, which included makeup tips specifically for busy mothers. See the case study video for the partnership below.

 

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Ha-pee Pregnancy Day

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HAVE you had your two blue lines yet? This week is the most popular time of the year to find out you’re pregnant, with more women getting a positive result on Wednesday January 17th than any other day.

The date falls just over two weeks after National Babymaking Day on January 2, which is the most common day of the year for couples to fall pregnant.

Experts believe more than 10,000 women will take a pregnancy test each day this week, around five times higher than normal but our new research shows many mums-to-be are getting hooked on taking tests, with women taking an average of SIX different ones to ensure they really are expecting. The phenomenon is known as ‘pregnancy test addiction’, with 62 per cent of UK mums admitting to carrying on taking tests even after getting a positive result – and one in 12 testing right up to their 12-week scan.

But with mums spending an average of £30 each on extra tests, peeing on a stick can be an expensive business. While early tests can cost up to £8 for a single test, you can also pick up a two-pack tests in pound shops for just a quid.

So which works best? And how many times did you test to make sure you were really pregnant? Let us know here.

Of course you don’t have to spend anything on pregnancy tests, you can make your own. Take a look at how Jodie got on with these DIY tests.

Take a look at this recent video from Corrine and Matt where Corrine takes 25 tests. if you need support for pregnancy test addiction, join our forums for expert help.

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National Baby Making Day Top Tips

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Did you know that Tuesday 2nd January is officially National Baby-Making Day?  Millions of couples will be having sex in the hope of falling pregnant and producing a September baby. Our Channel Mum study shows that 10.36pm on Tuesday 2nd January is the most popular day of the year to conceive. Official figures show the UK’s most common day to be born is September 26 – 38 weeks after January 2, which is the length of the average pregnancy.

Fertility experts say the combination of a desire for a September baby to be eldest in the school year, wanting to spend time together before going back to work and having sex to cure post-New Year hangovers means 60 per cent of would-be parents will make love on Tuesday night.

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The official top sex positions to conceive!

Channel Mum founder Siobhan Freegard says: “Falling pregnant isn’t always easy so couples who have been trying a while will attempt almost anything to help. While there isn’t much medical science to back up these tips, our members swear they have all helped and we have hundreds of bouncing new babies to prove it. As long as you have fun trying, it’s always worth giving it a go – plus we’ve got all the info you need for getting pregnant right here on Channel Mum.”

Did you know there are top sex positions to use to fall pregnant? Find them all here.

Our study also found couples are going to increasingly extreme lengths to conceive – including wearing socks during sex, eating McDonald’s fries after making love and even wearing frozen underpants. Our team have done the research and found 71 per cent of couples will try wacky tricks to boost their chances of conceiving!

WHAT MUMS HAVE TRIED IN A BID TO FALL PREGNANT

1) Wear socks during sex and for the week after to keep your feet warm (10%)
2) Eat McDonalds chips immediately after sex (3%)
3) Eat dark chocolate every day (37%)
4) Avoid having an orgasm for a week after sex (6%)
5) Use reverse psychology and tell yourself you don’t want a baby, then have a wild night out and forget about ‘trying’ (39%)
6) Eat pineapples and drink pineapple juice (32%)
7) Wear green and use green bedsheets – believed to be a fertile colour (5%)
8) Pierce your nose on the left side. Eastern Ayurvedic medicine claims this can make the woman more fertile (0.5%)
9) Don’t just put your legs in the air but ‘bicycle’ them for at least three minutes (58%)
10) Sleep in total darkness. Switch off your phones, devices and wifi (15%)
11) Do ‘dry January’ and stop drinking for a month (7%)
12) And for the men – wear frozen underwear. (1%)

Fancy getting a bun for your oven? We’ve got loads of baby-making tips for you right here! 

And don’t forget to check out our top sex positions to get pregnant video!

‘I Disagree with The Way My Daughter Parents her Children’

Did your parents and grandparents do things very different from the way you parent? Perhaps they criticise you for your choices? In this This Morning phone in, Deidre Sanders offers advice to callers. Should it be granny’s rules in granny’s house or should a parent’s rules apply everywhere?

Watch more parenting and relationship videos here and chat to other mums. 

This video is taken from This Morning – every weekday on ITV from 10:30am.

My Husband Sleeps Alone So I Can Breastfeed Our Five-Year-Old

Mum Sophie Mei Lan believes breastfeeding her five-year-old strengthens the bond between herself and daughter Jasmine. Sophie, who also has a two-year-old daughter, sleeps with her girls every night so they can latch on to feed on demand and fall back to sleep. But Sophie’s controversial parenting practice leaves husband Chris sleeping alone in their marital bed every night. Sophie and Chris join Holly and Phillip on the sofa to explain all.

Watch more videos on feeding your baby and chat to other mums in the Channel Mum Support Groups.