As you are aware, KS1 SATs will be taking play during the month of May. Assessments for Year 2 children are marked by school staff and the results are used, alongside evidence gathered over the year, to determine the end of Key Stage attainment for these children. We do not publish an exact timetable for when each of the KS1 assessments will take place as the timetable is flexible and we do not wish for children to become anxious about them – and feel like they shouldn’t really consider themselves to be taking ‘tests’ as such.
These assessments are nothing for the children (or parents!) to worry about and life in school will remain as normal as possible. As always, please ensure your child maintains good attendance during this period and that they turn up to school on time, after having a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast.
The Department for Education have produced a leaflet for parents to explain these assessments in further details which we recommend that you familiarise yourself with. The leaflet is available on the following website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents
Before the end of the academic year, you will receive a breakdown of your child’s attainment, which includes the test scores, the teacher assessments and how they have performed in relation to what is expected for children of their age. Please note that whilst the assessments are completed in May, it is not until the end of June that teacher assessments are reported to the Local Authority and July when KS2 test results are returned to school. You will therefore receive this breakdown with your child’s end of year report.
Please be reassured that, whilst in some schools and areas, there is a hype around SATs, in the main there is no need for parents or children to be unduly worried or concerned about them. We very much understand the need and importance of statutory assessments, but know that these are mainly used to measure school performance and tell us very little that we, and indeed yourselves, don’t already know about our children.
With this in mind, we don’t hold information evenings or such like for parents. That said, should you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss that you can’t find the answers to here, don’t hesitate to come and see me.