Statutory Testing

In school we are continually assessing the children’s understanding and responding to the needs that we identify. We also conduct internal tests to ensure that our assessments are accurate and to prepare children for tests and examinations that they will take during their whole school career.

We are required by the government to complete statutory tests at certain stages of the children’s schooling and these are reported externally. The results are then used to form the information provided on the Performance League Tables.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Assessments of each child at the end of the EYFS are reported to the government. There is more detail about this on the EYFS page of the website.

Phonics Screening Test

At the end of Year 1 children take a phonics screening test. They are required to read a range of real and nonsense words which screen their understanding of phonics. This is conducted on a one-to-one basis with the child’s class teacher. The results are reported to the government and also to parents in the child’s annual summary report at the end of Year 1.

Key Stage 1 SATs

    The key stage 1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test
  • Paper 1: Spelling (15 minutes).
  • Paper 2: Grammar, punctuation and vocabulary questions (20 minutes)

    The key stage 1 English reading test
  • Paper 1: Integrated reading and answer booklet (30 minutes)
  • Paper 2: Reading booklet with a separate answer booklet (40 minutes)

    The key stage 1 Mathematics test
  • Paper 1: Arithmetic paper (20 minutes)
  • Paper 2: A range of mathematical reasoning and problem solving questions (35 minutes)
  • The tests are administered on paper.

  • The key stage 1 tests will be marked by teachers. Teachers will use the provided conversion tables to translate pupils’ raw scores into scaled scores to see whether each pupil has met the national standard. Teachers will then use the scaled scores to inform their teacher assessment judgements.

Key Stage 2 SATs

    At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Reading
  • Maths

    The key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test
  • Paper 1: Written questions (45 minutes)
  • Paper 2: Written questions (45 minutes)

    The key stage 2 English reading test
  • Paper 1: Reading booklet and responding to questions in a separate answer booklet. (60 minutes)

    The key stage 2 mathematics test
  • Paper 1: Arithmetic paper (assesses pupils’ confidence with the range of mathematical operations) (30 minutes)
  • Paper 2 and 3: Mathematical reasoning papers (mathematical fluency, solving mathematical problems and mathematical reasoning). There are no significant differences in format between the two papers. (40 minutes per paper)


What will be reported to parents at the end of year 6?
The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children will be given scaled scores.

    You will receive your child’s:
  • Test score (raw score, scaled score and whether they have reached the expected age related standard.)
  • Teacher judgements

(The raw score needed to reach the expected age related scaled score has yet to be announced).
The ‘expected age related standard’ scaled score will be 100.


For the year groups where there is no statutory reporting of assessments to the government, teacher and test assessments are reported to parents twice each year.