Exam technique: a moral dilemma

I bloody hate these exams. GCSEs and SATs have ripped the soul out of the education system over the past few years. Many of the things that 11 year olds are expected to know to have had a successful primary education are just mind blowingly boring as well as completely unnecessary for the real world. At the secondary schools I have taught at, the SATs have been largely ignored and students have been retested at the start of year 7 to get a more "real" assessment of where they are at. Total. Waste. Of. Time. I personally would prefer my children and the children I teach to spend more time in their final year at primary school going on residentials