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Statutory Assessment Tests SATs

What are SATs?

SATs are national tests that children take during their primary school life. Firstly, at the end of Key Stage 1 (KS1) in Year 2, and then secondly, at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) in Year 6. These standardised tests are actually known as End of Key Stage Tests and Assessments, but most people know them as SATs. School ensures children are prepared for the tests and that they are not put under pressure.

Practice SATS papers can be found here;  SATs UK: What Are SATs In The UK? 


When are SATs?

In Key Stage One, SATs are no longer a statutory requirement, but our school will continue to use them as one piece of information to check what the children know from the KS1 curriculum and ensure they are ready to move on to the Key Stage Two curriculum in Year 3. The tests are administered in the late Summer term in small groups.

In Key Stage Two, the dates for SATs are set by the Department of Education and these are usually in the second week of May.

Please avoid taking your child out of school immediately before, or just after SATs.


What do SATs aim to achieve?

SATs are purely an indicator of the progress your child has made at school so far. They are not a measure of whether your child is passing or failing; the SATs indicate the standard your child is working at, compared to age related expectations. School do utilise valuable information from completed SATs papers to identify gaps and areas of misconceptions to target in lessons and for individual pupils..


How can I find out more about SATs at Sharlston School?

Staff at our school hold information sessions for parents about SATs. The presentations tell you more about SATS and how you can help your child. They can be seen here:


Powerpoint for Key Stage Two Year 6 SATs:         Year 6 SATs Information Evening Powerpoint


Sway (go to Sway and click play) for Key Stage One Year 2 SATs:     


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