06 Nov 2019

SATs 2019: Dates for KS1 and KS2 SATs Week and SATs Results For Parents

  • By Connor Whelan  | 
  • 06 Nov 2019  | 
  • 6 min read
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The 2019 SATs have come and gone, and if you’re a parent for a Year 2 or Year 6 child, you may be looking to the 2020 SATs already. But as you begin to help your child with preparing for their exams, it’s very valuable to have access to information about what the last set of SATs were like. So, here is the information parents need about the 2019 SATs dates, timetable and results for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATs. 

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Hard work before SATs in KS2 is important

A student working hard in the run up to SATs.

What are the SATs tests like?

If the word SATs presents you with a mental image of your child sitting in a large hall with row after row of desks covered in pens and papers, then you will be pleased to hear that this is not the case.

More often than not, both Year 2 and Year 6 SATs will be sat in the same classroom that your child has been learning in all year. This will vary from school to school though, so if you are interested in finding out more, talk to a teacher next time you are on the school run.

The papers themselves, whilst being designed to test your child’s knowledge, will consist of questions that are similar to the ones students would have seen in class or in end of year tests in previous years.

They will test techniques, skills and the knowledge gained not only from Year 6, but throughout the entirety of primary school. Roughly 50% of the content on the 2018 SATs papers came from topics studied in Year 6, with the remaining content being shared across Year 5, 4 and 3 in that order.

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When are the SATs?

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.

Below are the dates for SATs 2019. Here’s where you’ll find the KS1 and KS2 SATs 2020 dates.

When Are The KS1 SATs Dates (Year 2)?

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.

KS1 SATs Dates 2019 – Year 2 Testing Period

May 2019: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 1

May 2019: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 2

May 2019: KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Test- Grammar/Punctuation

May 2019: KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Test- Spelling

May 2019: KS1 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)

May 2019: KS1 Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)

KS1 SATs dates 2019

When Are The KS2 SATs Dates (Year 6)?

Ordinarily, the dates for the KS2 SATs run over one week per school year. In 2019, for example, that week was between Monday 13th May 2019 – Thursday 16th May 2019.

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 Dates 2019 – Testing Period

Monday May 13th 2019: Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test- Grammar/Punctuation- 45 minutes

Monday May 13th 2019: Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test- Spelling- 20 minutes

Tuesday May 14th 2019: Reading Test- 60 minutes

Wednesday May 15th 2019: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)- 30 minutes

Wednesday May 15th 2019: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes

Thursday May 16th 2019: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes

KS2 SATs Period 2019

When are the SATs results released?

For Key Stage 2 children, SATs results day was 9th July 2019.

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.

Understanding the SATs results your child gets

One of the hardest things to get to grips with as a parent is figuring out an answer to the question “What do Year 6 SATs results mean?”

You may have heard a number of phrases discussed above like ‘scaled score’ and ‘expected standard’, but understanding what this all means for your child can prove tricky.

Since 2016, (after a change in the national curriculum), children have been given scaled SATs scores. Fortunately, this isn’t as complicated as it sounds.

The scaled scoring method is used all around the world, and it simply means that your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they achieved) will be converted into a scaled score.

This can then be used to show how children compare to their peers within their own school, across the country, and across the years over which this scoring system has been in place. This creates the fairest possible way to measure a school’s SATs improvements from 2016-2018.

KS1 SATs scores explained for parents

In KS1, a scaled score of 100 means that your child is working at the expected standard.

A score below 100 means that your child is currently working below the expected standard and may need some additional support, and a score above 100 means that your child is working at a level higher than that which is expected of them at their age and they may need to be challenged further.

The maximum score available at KS1 is 115, and the minium is 85.

It is worth noting however, that as SATs at KS1 are marked internally by teachers, that the score your child is given in an end of year assessment may not be the result of purely their SATs, but rather based upon their classwork and teacher observations.

KS2 SATs scores explained for parents

At KS2, SATs papers are marked externally, and your child’s teacher will not be involved in this process in any way at all.

Your child will receive a scaled score as well as an indication of whether or not they have reached the national standard. NS on a report will mean that the expected standard was not achieved, and AS will mean that it was.

You may also see other letters on your child’s report about SATs, and they are:

  • AS: This means that the expected standard was achieved
  • NS: This means that the expected standard was not achieved
  • T: A child is working at the level of the tests, but cannot access them (because either all or part of a test is not suitable for a student with special educational needs)
  • B: A child is working below the level that is expected of them, and that which is assessed by the KS2 SATS
  • M: A child missed the test
  • A: A child was absent from one or more of their SATs papers

For their KS2 SATs, students will be able to reach a top scaled score of 120, and the lowest scaled score they could possibly get is 80. A scaled score of 100 or more means that they have met the expected standard, and a score of 99 or below means that they have not met the expected standard.

Changes to the SATs in 2015

Before 2016, success in SATs at KS2 was measured in levels rather than the current scaled score, so if you have children going through the SATs and you are noticing a difference, this may be why.

The newer tests were designed to ensure that there was only one set needed for each subject, and each test included a small number of questions which were specifically designed to test the most able pupils, therefore removing the need for the old level 6 tests.

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

If all of this information is beginning to sound a little daunting and you are worried about how your child will manage come SATs time, why not take a look at our blog: How To Help Your Child With SATs At Home: The Ultimate Parent Handbook.

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