What are SATs?
Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are given to all pupils in England at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2, ages 6-7) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6, ages 10-11). KS1 and KS2 Sats use and follow the materials and procedures provided by the Standards Testing Agency. Year 6 Sats are largely marked externally, while Year 2 Sats are marked by teachers at the school.
How do SATs work?
Up until 2015, SATs were graded on levels. For example, Level 4 was the expected level for children finishing primary school. But these national curriculum levels changed in 2016. Parents receive a scaled score which is converted from a raw score (the actual number of marks the child achieved). The expected standard for pupils to achieve is a scaled score of 100 (which is set by the government). The expected standard for each test is 100. A scaled score of 100 or more means that your child is working at or above the expected standard in the subject. A scaled score of less than 100 means they are working below the expected standard and will require support to reach the expected standard.
When do they take place?
SATs are usually taken in mid-May every year.
Which subjects are covered?
Year 6 children are tested in spelling, punctuation and grammar (often known as the SPAG test), reading and maths (with both written and mental maths tests). Their writing is now assessed by the teacher rather than being formally tested. Year 2 children will be assessed for maths, reading, writing, speaking and listening, and science.
KS1 and KS2 will receive a teacher assessed mark for all subjects.
Our School's SATs results
To view our SATs results, click here.
EYFS and KS1 Data is available upon request. Please contact the school if you require this information.
How can parents help?
- Don't panic!
The key to making SATs less stressful for your child is not to panic yourself. This will put your child under enormous stress and this makes it very difficult for a child to learn. Children are well prepared for SATs throughout their school life, as teachers regularly carry out this type of assessment. Avoid putting pressure on your child and offer plenty of rewards for all their hard work.
- Support your child with their homework
- Practice material
There are also a lot of commercially published and very useful practice materials available and a number of very good websites to support learning in general.
- Communicate with your child's teacher to determine the areas in which your child will benefit from with extra help.
- Private Tuition
If you are unable to provide your child with specific subject knowledge, then you can arrange private tuition for your child with our tuition centre - www.pendletuition.com