'SATs' or national curriculum assessments
SATs, or national curriculum assessments, are assessments of primary pupils’ progress and attainment. They are currently completed at the end of key stage one (Year 2) and key stage two (Year 6).
At key stage two, the tests are more formal and school-level results are normally published in national performance tables allowing for comparison with other schools. These are often known as league tables.
SATs cover core academic subjects – Reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and Maths. Writing is assessed by teacher assessment.
Baseline assessment in Reception classes
Children in Reception now take a new baseline assessment within the first six weeks of entering our Reception class. This focuses on maths, language, communication and literacy. The results will be used as the starting point to assess how much progress schools are making with their pupils. Results for individual children or schools will not be published.
At the end of their Reception year, children are assessed as having met a 'GLD' or 'Good Level of Development'.
Phonics screening check
Children in Year 1 also take a phonics screen to check their ability to decode words. They complete the screen again in Year 2 if they don’t reach the expected standard the year before.
Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic there were no national tests and assessments in 2020 or 2021.