SATs tests

The Secretary of State confirmed that we will not be asking students to sit SATs 2020-2021 academic year.

SATs are compulsory for all 7-11 years olds in England. They provide teachers and parents with a good indication of a child’s level of learning and highlights both strengths and areas of improvement. These tests can also measure how much each child improves from KS1 to KS2 and are used to predict their GCSE results.

Key Stage 1
Date  Activity
May 2020 Key Sage 1 test period
Week commencing Monday 8 June 2020 Phonics screening check week
Key Stage 2
Date Activity
Monday 11th May 2020 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 & 2
Tuesday 12th May 2020 English Reading
Wednesday 13th May 2020 Mathematics papers 1 (arithmetic) Paper 2 (reasoning)
Thursday 14th May 2020 Mathematics paper 3 (reasoning)


What can parents do to help their child prepare for SATs?

  1. Encourage your child to talk about SATs openly; what they are feeling positive about, if they are feeling worried and what they are achieving in school towards these tests. Reassure them as often as possible.
  2. Create a timetable that is both suitable and flexible. Having your child involved in this process may be beneficial so they understand what is expected of them and happy.
  3. A lot of SATs papers that can be found on the internet are in the old style as they only changed in 2016. It is best to avoid looking at old style SATs papers.
  4. Mix up the style of revision. Not all revision needs to be in the format of a test paper. Mental games in the car, or whilst going for a walk can help to crystallise information. For more fun-styled maths games play: card games/Uno/Monopoly/dominoes or Hangman/Boggle/Scrabble for light-hearted literacy games.
  5. Take a look at revision guides that are available to buy, why not have your child involved in the process of choosing one they are happy to complete are extra revision practice.
  6. Ensure they read regularly; perhaps half an hour before bed time each night. You could use the time to read together.
  7. Try to keep everything else running as normally as possible i.e. out of school activities such as music practice, sports or scouts/guides. These activities will relax your child and help them in the long run when they have to sit down and revise. Down time is important.
  8. There will be strict time limits for SATs papers. Therefore it might be useful for your child to practice working under pressure. Encourage them to keep an eye on the clock by setting them a time limit, enabling them to manage their time accordingly.
  9. Most of all, stay positive and keep these test in proportion.

If you do have any concerns about your child’s progress or how you can best support your child, please ring the school to arrange a time to talk to their teacher.


Key information for Parents

What is a scaled score?

Each child is given a scaled score in the number format. This is based on their raw score, which is the number of marks they receive in a test.

Children may achieve a scaled score of:

  • Above 100 - they have exceeded the ‘expected standard’
  • 100 - they have reached the ‘expected standard’
  • Below 100 - they have not achieved the ‘expected standard’

For children in year 2 taking KS1 tests, scores range from 85 to 115. In year 6, KS2 scores range from 80 to 120. A child who reaches the expected standard (100 or above) is considered to be ready for the next stage of his or her education.


Why use scaled scores?

Scaled scores help test results to be reported consistently from one year to the next. For example, if two children achieve the same scaled scores in different tests in different years, they will have the same level of attainment.


How will results be reported in Year 2?

Children in year 2 will take official SATs in both Maths and Reading. Teachers will convert the child’s raw score into a scaled score to see if they have met the national standard. They will combine this information with what they already know from teaching your child. Parents can find out whether their child has met the expected standards, but the scores won’t be published. If you would like to see your child’s score, please contact the school.


How will results be reported in Year 6?

Children in year 6 will take official SATs in Maths, Reading, and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS). Your child’s end-of-year report will include their scaled score and clear confirmation as to whether they have met the national standard. Some schools may also take ‘sample’ science tests. However, these results will not be reported.



Should I be worried if my child does not meet the expected standard?

There is no reason to worry.

The tests are designed to help identify where children may need extra support as early as possible. Your child will also receive teacher assessment results which help to give a broader picture of how well they are doing. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s teacher.


Is it true that the tests have been more difficult since the curriculum changes?

Yes. These tests have been more challenging than the tests based on the previous curriculum, and the expected standard have increased.


Can we compare the results with previous years?

This is the 6th year of the new SATs tests with the use of scaled scores. Therefore, the results will be comparable within the last six year’s tests, but will look very different from years prior to that.


For further information, you can contact the school. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the KS1 and KS2 assessments and what they mean for your child.


The following external sources may also be useful:


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