What are SATs… and why do our children do them?

April 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

The first in our series of SATs-themed posts.

Is your child in Year 6? In a state school? If so, it is likely that they will be sitting SATs next month.

ImageSATs (Statutory Assessment Tests) are sat in mid-May by Year 6 students in England.

The tests are in English and maths and are spread over four days, taking around 5.5 hours to complete. There are three maths papers: two written, both non-calculator as of 2014, and a 20 question mental arithmetic test. There are two English papers: reading and “SPAG”, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar; as of 2013, writing has been teacher-assessed.

The results are sent to your child’s school in July, where they are checked by the school. By law, parents must receive their child’s results broken down by subject before the end of the summer term. You will get a report with SATs levels for each subject. The report will also contain a ‘teacher assessment’, which is your child’s teacher’s own perception of the child’s performance.

SATs results are used to measure how well children are doing nationally, how well your child’s school is performing both nationally and to compare the progress made by the specific cohort (year group) at your child’s school. The tests may also be used by your child’s secondary school for setting purposes.

The results will give you a good idea about how your child is performing at this stage and help guide you in how you support them in the next few years.

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