Key stage 2 SATS (Year 6 Pupils)


Education Secretary Michael Gove, back in 2011 said that the Key changes to the Key Stage 2 system will make it fairer for all and more effective in raising standards.

Michael Gove said the substantial reforms would ensure that heads, teachers, pupils and parents would be able to have confidence in the new system.

Currently there is statutory teacher assessment in every core subject – maths, reading, writing, speaking and listening, and science. There are also external tests in maths, writing and reading, and a sample test in science.

The changes include:

  • Replacing the current writing test with teacher assessment of writing composition. This will ensure pupils can be more creative and will overcome the dangers of teaching to the test. This teacher assessment will make up the larger part of the overall writing judgement.
  • Secondary schools will be given teacher assessment judgements before test results, from 2012. This will mean there is more weight attached to them and allow longer for them to inform Year 7 teaching and learning.
  • Primary schools will provide more information on pupils’ performance to secondary schools so Year 7 teachers know right from the outset children’s attainment and the areas where extra work is needed. This will start in summer 2013.

Maths and reading tests will continue to be externally tested but will be refined over time. Teacher assessment of science, with a sample test monitoring national standards, will continue. Speaking and listening will continue to be teacher assessed.

2013 SATS Test dates

The 2013 Key Stage 2 tests will take place from 13-17 May. Schools have been asked to keep this period free for administering the Key Stage 2 tests.


Level 3-5 tests*

Level 6 tests*

Monday 13 May

English reading test

English reading test

Tuesday 14 May

English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

Wednesday 15 May

Mental mathematics test
Mathematics – Test A


Thursday 16 May

Mathematics – Test B

Mathematics – Paper 1
Mathematics – Paper 2

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