SATs information


2016 Y6 SATs week: 9th - 13th May 2016

The cohort of children who have just completed Year 2 and Year 6 are the last cohort to sit SATs in the format we have been familiar with. They are the last cohort of children to be awarded National Curriculum Levels: national expectations being 2b at Year 2 and 4b at Year 6.

Those children starting Year 2 and Year 6 in September will sit the new style SATs, based on the 2014 National Curriculum. At this point in time, schools only have one sample paper to indicate what these will look like. Schools are hoping that during the course of this year, more information will be forth coming so that we are able to prepare pupils on the format and style of these tests.

This is not narrowing the curriculum and  'teaching to the test': it is ensuring that your children have the experience of the test format so that they can show what they are capable of. Click the SATs  samples link to see them, but please allow school to use them with your children.  

Parents need to be aware of the challenge these tests represent and therefore how important it is that we work together at ensuring your children are able to achieve well in them.

The tests the pupils will sit are:

Year 2

  • SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
  • Reading
  • Mathematics

Please note the outcome of the Year 2 SATs will be used by teachers to inform the final Year 2 judgement.

Year 6

  • SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
  • Reading
  • Mathematics

Outcomes of 2016 SATs will be as Scaled Scores, with 100 representing the ‘national standard’. The government can’t give full information about what the scale will look like yet. They need to wait until pupils have taken the tests and the tests have been marked before they can set the national standard and the rest of the scale. They do know the scale will have a lower end point below 100 and an upper end point above 100. Once they have set the national standard they will use a statistical technique called ‘scaling’ to transform the raw score into a scaled score. They will publish this after the first tests have been administered and it is currently not available for the sample material.

Headteachers will need to include results from the national curriculum tests in their annual reports to parents. Schools will need to report the pupil’s scaled score and whether or not they met the national standard.

The old national curriculum levels are not relevant to the new national curriculum. However, in order to provide schools with some indication of the new standards, they have tried to indicate equivalence in a broad sense. At KS1 the national standard will roughly equate to an old level 2b. At KS2 this will roughly equate to an old level 4b. Otherwise levels and scaled scores will not be comparable.