Everything You Need To Know About The KS1 & KS2 SATs 2020

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When are SATs 2020?

The quick answer to this question is that both Key Stage 1 And Key Stage 2 SATs will be in May 2020. The KS1 SATs will take place across schools during May. KS2 SATs week is a defined period of time from Monday 11th May 2020 to Thursday 14th May. Read on for more detail.

When are the KS1 SATs 2020 and what do you need to know?

The dates for the KS1 SATs vary from school to school, with each choosing their own dates within a certain range. The dates selected by schools will vary based on a number of different factors, but we do know that the tests will take place in May.

KS1 SATs Dates 2020 – Testing Period

KS1 SATs 2020 dates
  • May 2020: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 1
  • May 2020: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 2
  • May 2020: KS1 English SPaG Test – Grammar/Punctuation
  • May 2020: KS1 English SPaG Test- Spelling
  • May 2020: KS1 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
  • May 2020: KS1 Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)

It is worth noting that there was an announcement from the government on the 14th September 2017 which stated that the KS1 SATs will be made non-statutory from the year 2023. This means that schools will be able to decide whether or not they administer them, but until this date pupils will continue to sit SATs in Year 2.

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When are the KS2 SATs 2020 and what do you need to know?

The dates for the KS2 SATs normally run over a one week period. In 2022 the KS2 SATs will take place between Monday 11th May 2020 – Thursday 14th May 2020. Over this period pupils will sit 6 different tests, with English normally taking place at the beginning of the week and maths at the end.

KS2 SATs Dates 2020 – SATs Week 2020

KS2 SATs dates 2020
  • Monday May 11th 2020: Spelling, punctuation and grammar (Grammar/Punctuation Test) – 45 minutes
  • Monday May 11th 2020: Spelling, punctuation and grammar  (Spelling Test) – 20 minutes
  • Tuesday May 12th 2020: Reading Test – 60 minutes
  • Wednesday May 13th 2020: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) – 30 minutes
  • Wednesday May 13th 2020: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes
  • Thursday May 14th 2020: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes

What will children be tested on in their 2020 SATs?

Of course we all wish we knew the answer to this question! The sats test for Year 2 and Year 6 will look quite different. KS1 SATs consists of a total of 6 papers altogether, usually not sat under timed conditions. KS2 SATs consist of 6 papers too but to be sat within time restrictions. In addition there is a teacher assessed element in KS2 to establish a ‘Writing’ score.

Year 2 National Tests: KS1 SATs Papers 2020

6 and 7 year olds in Year 2 will sit the following SATs Papers in May 2020.

The KS1 Maths SATs:

  • There will be 2 papers.
  • Paper 1 is a 25 mark arithmetic test which should take around 15 minutes.
  • Paper 2 involves reasoning, problem solving and mathematical fluency. This paper has 35 marks available, will last for roughly 35 minutes, and contains a variety of question types.

The KS1 SPaG SATs:

  • There will be 2 papers
  • Paper 1 is a 20 word spelling paper, comprising of 20 marks. The spelling test should take around 15 minutes.
  • Paper 2 consists of a reading booklet containing different passages of text. This will average out at roughly 900 words.

The KS1 Reading SATs:

  • There will be 2 papers.
  • Paper 1 consist of a variety of texts totalling between 400-700 words. There will be a number of questions for pupils to answer dotted throughout.
  • Paper 2 consists of a reading booklet containing different passages of text. This will average out at roughly 900 words.

Year 6 National Tests: KS2 SATs Papers 2020

10 and 11 year olds in Year 6 will sit the following SATs Papers in May 2020. In addition some schools will be chosen for science sampling and will also sit a KS2 Science Paper

The KS2 Reading SATs:

  • This is one paper, with questions that are based on 3 different passages of text. Pupils will have 1 hour to complete the paper.

The KS2 SPaG SATs:

  • There is a 20 word aural spelling test which should last around 15 minutes.
  • There is also a written element which consists of an English grammar and punctuation paper, which will last for 45 minutes.

The KS2 Maths SATs:

  • There will be 3 mathematics papers.
  • Paper 1 is an arithmetic paper which will last for 30 minutes.
  • Papers 2 and 3 are reasoning papers which will last for 40 minutes each.

Information for SLT planning their SATs timetable for 2020 

When will the KS1 SATs papers be released?

It is likely that the KS1 SATs papers will be released from embargo by the Standards and Testing Agency early in June 2020. At this point you can expect to receive both the test materials including mark scheme and the scaled score conversion tables.

When do the KS1 SATs results 2020 come out?

As the papers at KS1 are marked internally by teachers in accordance with the mark scheme provided by the Standards and Testing Agency, it is up to schools to decide when and if they share the results.

Schools are not obliged to share the results of these tests with parents, but many include a summary of them in the end of year report.

When will the KS2 SATs papers be released?

As a general rule, the KS2 SATs papers are released at the end of May. In 2019 this happened on Tuesday 21st May and it gave our educational experts a chance to analyse the maths papers in great detail. If you’re interested in what they found (and what’s likely to come up in your Maths SATs 2022!) follow the links:

KS2 SATs Papers 2019 Maths Question Breakdown and Analysis

KS2 SATs Papers 2018 Maths Question Breakdown and Analysis

Without confirmation from the Standards and Testing Agency on when the papers will be released we can only speculate for now, but years of SATs papers indicate that we can expect to see them near the end of May or beginning of June depending on how the days of the week fall.

When do the KS2 SATs results 2020 come out?

Standards and Testing Agency will release the SATs results 2020 to schools in July 2020.

15th July 2020 is the deadline for schools to submit their review of KS2 marking applications so you don’t have long.

The next key date for KS2 SATs results is of course when the league tables are published and each school’s performance is then subject to wider scrutiny along with their Ofsted report. In 2019 the government released these in December.

When to apply by to vary the time of the tests in your school

Schools can vary a test time between 7am and 7pm on the day of a test, so that an individual pupil or part of the cohort can take a test on the scheduled date, but at a different time from the rest of the cohort. In these circumstances, schools no longer need to submit a notification to the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) as was previously the case.

For further guidance on this from the STA, see how to apply for a timetable variation.

Special consideration for SATS

This can be applied for from 12th May (Thursday of SATs week), and you have one week to do it. Many schools do not apply for special consideration for pupils when they are allowed to.

The following circumstances are all eligible for Special Consideration (if they have had some form of impact on the child, of course). This adds an additional 3 to all scaled scores for the pupil (if the application is accepted).  Note the 3 scaled score addition won’t show on your results on NCA tools, but the pupils will be marked with a symbol to show it has been granted, so you can add the 3 scaled score points.

  • Bereavement of a family member or close friend within 12 months of the tests
  • The pupil, or a close family member, has a diagnosed terminal illness at the time of the tests
  • The pupil or a close family member has suffered a severe or permanent injury or illness, or has undergone major surgery, in the 6 months prior to the tests
  • A serious domestic incident occurred within 2 weeks of the start of the tests
  • A longer term major incident that occurred in the 6 months before the tests is still having an impact on the pupil at the time of the test


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