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FAQs on SATs and the pitfalls of administration

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Standard Assessment Tests (aka SATs) are national tests that children take twice during their primary school life. Firstly, at the end of key stage one (KS1) in year two, and then secondly, at the end of key stage two (KS2) in year six.

Teachers assess KS1 tests. This means there is no external marking, except occasionally for moderation. The KS2 tests are more formal than those taken in KS1, and they have set exam days as well as being subject to external marking in most schools.

Every year, we receive calls from members who encounter problems during the carrying out of SATs in their schools. This guidance refers to the main issues that members refer to and contact the advice team about.

It includes reference to the Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA’s) maladministration procedures (May 2019), which set out the steps the STA will follow for an allegation of malpractice.

This article is available to NAHT members only.

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