30 Jul 2019

Everything Parents Need To Know About The SATs 2020

  • By Connor Whelan  | 
  • 30 Jul 2019  | 
  • 4 min read
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The current school year may have finished, but for many parents now is the time when they start planning ahead for the upcoming year, and this is especially the case for parents whose children will be sitting the SATs! That is why we have gathered all of the information that is currently available about the SATs 2020 so that you don’t have to! 


Reminder for parents: There is a lot that parents will need to know about the SATs 2020, but at this stage of the year the information available is limited. We will be updating this post later in the year with all of the other important information you’ll need about the SATs in 2020!


Which SATs will my child sit in 2020?

The SATs are administered by primary schools in England to all children who are either in Year 2 or Year 6.  

SATs in KS1

If your child is in KS1 (Year 2), they will sit official SATs in:

  • Reading
  • Maths

They will also be assessed by their teachers in science, speaking and listening and writing, but this is known as the teacher assessment rather than an official SAT. 

Year 6 SATs Practice Pack (Papers 1 - 3)

Download our FREE Year 6 Assessment Practice Pack (Papers 1 -3) and let your child work their way through the three practice papers to master Maths in no time!

SATs in KS2

If your child is in KS2 (Year 6) they will sit official SATs in: 

  • English Reading
  • English Grammar
  • Punctuation 
  • Spelling
  • Maths

They will also be assessed by their teachers on subjects including speaking and listening, writing and science. 

When are the SATs 2020 ?

SATs for both KS1 (Year 2) and KS2 (Year 6) take part in May each year, but there is some variation on exactly when your child will be sitting the SATs depending on their year group and school.

When Are The KS1 SATs 2020 Dates?

There is no set date for the KS1 SATs, other than the fact that they will take place in May. 

Specific dates vary from school to school, and they depend on a wide range of factors. If you want to find out more about this, take a look at the government’s education website which is regularly updated. 

KS1 SATs 2020 Dates – Testing Period

May 2020: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 1

May 2020: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 2

May 2020: KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Test- Grammar/Punctuation

May 2020: KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Test- Spelling

May 2020: KS1 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)

May 2020: KS1 Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)

Helpful link for the KS1 SATs 2020

Confirmation on the dates of the tests from the Standards and Testing Agency

When Are The KS2 SATs 2020 Dates?

Ordinarily, the dates for the KS2 SATs run over one week per school year. In 2020 that week is between Monday 11th May 2020 – Thursday 14th May 2020. 

We don’t know the specific dates for each test just yet, but it is during this time that your Year 6 child will complete 6 different tests; English for the first part of the week and maths for the second.

KS2 SATs 2020  Dates – Testing Period

Monday May 11th 2020: Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test- Grammar/Punctuation- 45 minutes

Monday May 11th 2020: Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test- Spelling- 20 minutes

Tuesday May 12th 2020: Reading Test- 60 minutes

Wednesday May 13th 2020: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)- 30 minutes

Wednesday May 13th 2020: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes

Thursday May 14th 2020: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes

Year 6 SATs Practice Pack (Papers 1 - 3)

Download our FREE Year 6 Assessment Practice Pack (Papers 1 -3) and let your child work their way through the three practice papers to master Maths in no time!

When will the SATs results released?

For Key Stage 2 children, SATs results day is normally held around the second week of July. 

By this date papers will have been marked by the external examiners, the raw marks converted into a scaled score and made available to parents. You will be told whether or not your child is meeting the expected standard along with both versions of their score. As well as this, your child’s school will share how their results compare to the national average.

For Key Stage 1 children, SATs results day varies from school to school. You will be told the results of your child’s tests in English, maths and science, and the school should show you how your child’s results compare to those of other children in the school and nationally.

How can I help my child prepare for the SATs 2020 ?

There are a number of things you can do to help your child prepare for the SATs over the course of the next school year. They include:

Working with your child to introduce learning at home

By introducing some simple learning at home with your child, it will help them to cement and become more confident in all of the concepts they have and will be learning at school. 

For more ideas on how to bring maths into your home, take a look at our popular blog.

Use free SATs papers to help them prepare for the tests

We’ve prepared a free maths SATs paper that you can use at home to help your child prepare for their SATs.

Take a look and download it now.

Bring in a tutor to boost their confidence!

It can be hard to always find the time to help your child with school work at home, and that is why bringing in an outside expert could be a beneficial idea. 

1-to-1 teaching has been proven to be the best way to increase learning amongst primary school aged children, so if you find that there are not enough hours in the day to cook the dinner, head to the gym, do the school run and help your child with their maths work, take a look at what Matr can do to help your child grow their confidence in maths in the run up to the 2020 SATs. 


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