Assessment
Key Stage 1 Assessments

Your child’s teacher is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in English, maths and science, by the end of key stage 1.

To help inform those judgements, pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and maths, commonly called SATs. They may also sit an optional test in English grammar, punctuation and spelling. The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move into key stage 2.

They also allow teachers to see how your child is performing against national expected standards. The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed. Pupils may not even know they are taking them as many teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom activities. 

Key Stage 2 Assessments

If you have a child in year 6, at the end of key stage 2, they will take national curriculum tests in English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics. The tests help measure the progress pupils have made and identify if they need additional support in a certain area.

The tests are also used to assess schools’ performance and to produce national performance data. 

KS1 and KS2 Assessment Information