In England, National Curriculum tests or SATs are compulsory for all 7 and 11 year olds.
What are SATs?
SATs is short for Standard Assessment Tests. They are designed to help parents and teachers learn more about their child’s strengths and weaknesses in Reading, Writing, Maths, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. Children are tested on what they have been learning at school.
At the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) the children are assessed by their teacher (teacher assessment). There is not a formal written exam at the end of Key Stage 1 in the same way as there is at the end of Key Stage 2.
At the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) the teacher will assess the children in the same way as Key Stage 1. Children in Year 6 also take written tests in exam conditions during the summer term.
How can I help my child at home?
- It is important to be calm and relaxed about SATs. The more you worry, the more anxious your child will become.
- Regular attendance and arriving at school on time.
- Completion of homework
- Read regularly with your child
- Appropriate bedtimes help your child have a good night’s sleep and they are ready to learn the following day.
- Speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.
- Please click on the documents below to see our End of Key Stage 2 SAT results
The new Key Stage 2 tests
2016 was the first year of the new Key Stage 2 tests in reading; spelling, punctuation and grammar; and mathematics. The tests assess children against a national standard. 2016's tests were the first tests to reflect the new primary curriculum, which was introduced in 2014.
As this was the first year of the new tests, the results looked different from those of previous years and cannot be compared with them directly.
Individual results in each test were reported using a scaled score. A scaled score of 100 represents the expected standard for each test. If a pupil attained a scaled score of 100 or more, it meant that they were working at or above the expected standard in the subject. If a child received a scaled score of less than 100, it meant that they may have needed more support to reach the expected standard. The highest scaled score possible is 120, and the lowest is 80. To reach the high standard a pupil must reach 110.