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Prepare for KS1 SATs in 2022 with guidance on the types of access arrangements available and how to identify pupils that may need additional support.

This article is based on the Standards and Testing Agency (STA)’s assessment and reporting arrangements for Key Stage (KS) 1 tests in 2022 and guidance on access arrangements.

What are access arrangements?

They're adjustments you can make to support specific pupils during the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum tests (KS1 SATs).

The tests are designed so that most pupils with SEND can participate using the standard versions, but a small number may need additional arrangements.

The support given must never advantage or disadvantage individual pupils. It must not change the test questions, and the answers must be the pupil’s own.

All support must be based on normal classroom practice.

Who's eligible?

An education, health and care (EHC) plan Behavioural, emotional or social difficulties Extra provision in school using the SEN support system or whose learning difficulty and/or disability significantly affects their ability to access the tests, for example: Difficulty

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