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Everything You Need To Know About The KS1 & KS2 SATs 2022

As soon as we have more information about SATs 2022 we will be updating this annual guide for teachers and school leaders.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of school closures during the coronavirus lockdown English primary school pupils did not take their 2020 SATs tests. SATs 2021 have also been cancelled. SATs 2022 be going ahead as usual.

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What are SATs (in the UK)?

The SATs are a series of standardised assessments for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils, aimed at testing their learning progress. SATs results are also used by government (and many parents) as one indicator of a school’s quality – better results means a better school.

Read more: What Are SATs: Parents Guide To The SATs (UK)

When are SATs 2022?

SATs 2022 will, as usual, take place during May. More details will be added here as the government releases them.

The KS1 SATs will take place across schools during a flexible 2 week period in May.

KS2 SATs on the other hand is week is a defined period of time from Monday 9th May 2022 to Thursday 12th May.  Read on for more detail.

When are the KS1 SATs 2022 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 2022 – Testing Period

  • May 2022: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 1
  • May 2022: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 2
  • May 2022: KS1 English SPaG Test – Grammar/Punctuation
  • May 2022: KS1 English SPaG Test- Spelling
  • May 2022: KS1 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
  • May 2022: 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 2022 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 9th May 2022 – Thursday 12th May 2022. 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 2022 – SATs Week 2022

  • Monday May 9th 2022: Spelling, punctuation and grammar (Grammar/Punctuation Test) – 45 minutes
  • Monday May 9th 2022: Spelling, punctuation and grammar  (Spelling Test) – 20 minutes
  • Tuesday May 10th 2022: Reading Test – 60 minutes
  • Wednesday May 11th 2022: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) – 30 minutes
  • Wednesday May 11th 2022: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes
  • Thursday May 12th 2022: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes

What will children be tested on in their 2022 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. They are also marked internally by the school.

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. These papers are sent back to be marked centrally with marks standardised around a score of 100.

Year 2 National Tests: KS1 SATs Papers 2022

6 and 7 year olds in Year 2 will sit the following SATs Papers in May 2022.

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 2022

10 and 11 year olds in Year 6 will sit the following SATs Papers in May 2022. 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.

Support for KS2 SATs 2022 in Maths

Information for SLT planning their SATs timetable for 2022 

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 2022. 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 2022 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. Last year 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 to the results from the most recent national assessments:

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 2022 come out?

Standards and Testing Agency will release the KS2 SATs results 2022 to schools on in July 2022.

Mid July 2022 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.

Much of the key documentation is available on gov.uk and updated for every academic year. As further information is released we will update these links.

KS1: National Curriculum Assessments KS1 tests page. This includes:

  • Key stage 1 assessment and reporting arrangements
  • Key stage 1 calendar of SATs dates
  • Access arrangements
  • Test administration
  • Maladministration

KS2: National Curriculum Assessments KS2 tests page. This includes:

  • Key stage 2 assessment and reporting arrangements
  • Key stage 2 planner
  • Planning
  • Access arrangements
  • Test administration
  • Monitoring visits
  • Maladministration
  • Results

In addition you may need the Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment Guidance and the Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessment Guidance

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Do you need help preparing for the SATs 2022?

Our Year 6 SATs Programme provides:

✔  A baseline assessment to identify gaps in KS2 knowledge

✔  Weekly 1-to-1 teaching to secure core KS2 concepts

✔  Lesson content to build familiarity with SATs style questions

✔  Regular reporting to support Y6 planning & teaching

✔  Downloadable Y6 specific assessment, resources and CPD

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