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Key Stage 1 and 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling tests
The Key Stage 1 grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) test is optional, but it's statutory for pupils in KS2. Read about the format of the test, and view sample materials from the Standards and Testing Agency.
Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs: content domains
What are ‘content domains’ in relation to end-of-Key-Stage tests? We relay advice from the Standards and Testing Agency on what ‘content domains’ are. We also look at whether Key Stage 2 tests include questions about curriculum content covered from years 3-6.
Key Stage 1 and 2 tests: analysis tools
Are there analysis tools for Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2 tests? Question level analysis data for the 2017 tests is provided by Analyse School Performance. We relay advice on conducting test analysis from one of our associate education experts and link to commercial examples.
Key Stage 2 SATs access arrangements
Know what they are, who they're for and when to apply for them.
Key Stage 2 SATs: can parents withdraw their children?
Parents may ask for their child to be withdrawn from KS2 SATs, but headteachers decide whether a pupil will participate. We set out the guidance in the SATs assessment and reporting arrangements, and relay advice on what you can do if parents protest or refuse to let their child sit the tests.
Key Stage 2 SATs in 2019
Prepare for KS2 SATs in 2019 with our summary of the test format, schedule and scoring. We link to practice materials you can use to help pupils prepare.
Key Stage 2 SATs in 2020
We summarise the 2020 Key Stage 2 SATs in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
Key Stage 2 SATs: using a reader
Can we read test questions to pupils? We set out the Standards and Testing Agency's guidelines on when pupils may have readers in Key Stage 2 tests. You will also find advice on evidencing a pupil’s eligibility for a reader, and answers to some frequently asked questions about using readers.
Key Stage 2 SATs: which pupils shouldn't take them?
Not all pupils have to take part in Key Stage 2 SATs. Find out which pupils shouldn't take the test and your requirements to inform parents of your decision.
KS2 SATs toolkit
Prepare for this year's KS2 SATs with our 2019 toolkit. Learn everything you need to know to administer the tests and teacher assessments, keep up with key dates with our printable planner, and download templates to help you report to parents.
KS2 teacher assessment: pupils working below the standard of the tests
You should use the pre-Key Stage 2 standards to assess pupils working below the standard of the SATs. Learn how to use standards and how pupils assessed using the pre-Key Stage standards are included in performance measures.
Standardisation and exemplification materials for writing (primary)
Is there a proforma for standardising writing samples? This article features a KeyDoc proforma for standardising writing samples against the English curriculum attainment targets. We also link to examples of exemplification materials from the STA and a local authority.
Year 4 multiplication tables check: requirements and guidance
Find out what you'll need to do to administer the year 4 multiplication tables check – a statutory requirement from 2020. Know how to log on to the online system from March so you can make sure pupils are prepared to take the check in June.
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