What are SATs?
All state primary pupils in England are tested at the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) and Key Stage 2 (year 6). Many schools run 'unofficial' optional SATs in years 3 to 5 as well.
Year 6 children take their tests on set dates in mid-May. Results are then submitted to the school's local authority and to parents by the end of the summer term.
Which subjects are covered?
Year 6 children are tested in spelling, punctuation and grammar (known as the SPAG test), reading and maths (with both written and mental maths tests). Their writing is now assessed by the teacher rather than formally tested and as of 2013 there was also no science test.
Will I be told the results?
Yes, by law parents must be given their children's results, broken down by subject, at the end of the summer term in Years 2 and 6.
What sort of results will we be given?
You will get a report with a level for each subject.
At the end of Year 6, a level 4 is the minimum expected level, with a level 5 above expectations and a level 3 below expectations. We do have the option of giving very able pupils level 6 papers.
Remember that for some children, a level 1 in Year 2 or a level 3 in Year 6 might still be a fantastic achievement.