End of Key Stage 1
Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs)
What are SATs?
All state primary pupils in England are tested at the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) and Key Stage 2 (year 6). Many schools also run 'unofficial' optional SATs in years 1, 3, 4 and 5 as well.
Year 2 children complete assessments on 2 set weeks and access them in small groups conducted by Key Stage 1 staff.
Year 6 children take their tests on set dates in mid-May. Results are then submitted to the school's local authority and to parents by the end of the summer term.
Which Subjects are Covered?
Year 2 children are tested in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. However all levels are based on teacher assessment but children will also complete a Year 2 assessment paper to give children a final level.
How much do SATs matter?
Year 2 SATs combined with teacher assessment levels are used to provide evidence of your child's progress and are used to support your child's learning journey as they move into KS2.
Based on Year 6 SATs results, some secondary use levels achieved to set pupils as they move into Year 7 sets (others carry out their own testing). However, setting can and does change throughout secondary school, so please do not worry if your son or daughter does not achieve expected results in Y6 SATs.
Is there anything I can do to prepare my child?
You can help your child prepare for SATs by listening to them read regularly; asking them questions about what they have read and exposing them to a wide variety of texts at home. It would also be beneficial to test your child regularly on their times tables (up to 10 x 10) and encourage them to participate in any homework or revision that is sent home from school.
During SATs week it is essential that your child has a good nights sleep and is well rested each day.