All children are expected to take National Tests. These include:
Year 1 phonics check
Year 2 Standardised Tests (SATS) in reading, writing and maths.
Year 6 Standardised Tests (SATS) in reading, maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
There are a very few occasions where a school can disapply a child from the tests. However, it is generally only children with statements or EHC plans who are disapplied, and even those with statements are encouraged to participate.
What support will they be given leading up to the tests?
In Year 1 and Year 2 the children are given group and individual support leading up to the tests. We try to keep these tests low key so that children don’t worry about them too much.
Support for the 6 SATS begins when we identify the children whose progress is disappointing and start to work more intensively with them in small groups. Throughout Year 6, all children are given support for the tests: they are gradually introduced to a ‘test experience’ and they are supported as they do questions from past papers. This work happens individually or in small booster groups. If your child is offered the chance to participate in a booster group, we recommend that you encourage them to accept the place.
During the Easter Holidays and in the lead up to the SATs in Year 6, support continues in order to ensure that the children are in the right frame of mind and as prepared as they can be to do their best in the tests.
As for GCSE and ‘A’ level there are a range of ways that children can receive additional support in Y6 SATS. These are known as ‘Access Arrangements’. Access Arrangements include: extra time, working on a computer, having a reader (except in the reading test), having a scribe to write, or having rest breaks. However, with the appropriate support almost all children are expected to sit the SATS.
How can I help prepare my child for SATs? – both in terms of long term preparation and during the actual testing period.
Your child will benefit from talking about questions from past papers, in revision books or on the web. Having the opportunity to explain what their answer would be and to check it against the ‘right answer is a useful learning experience. However, please talk to your child’s teacher about the best revision material to use. It is not helpful to your child or to the school if your child has already done a paper they are set as a practice test in school.