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Key Stage 2 SATs: can parents withdraw their children?

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Last updated on 6 November 2017
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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Can parents request that their child be withdrawn from KS2 tests? We explain that the headteacher decides whether a pupil is entered for Key Stage (KS) 2 National Curriculum assessments (SATs). We also relay advice on what schools can do if parents refuse to allow their child to sit the tests.

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  1. 1 Headteachers decide whether to enter pupils
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