SATs Results 2022: What You Need To Know

The SATs results 2022 will soon be upon us. As SATs are taking place for the first time since 2019, this is a big moment and will have long lasting implications for schools’ and education’s recovery post-Covid.

Third Space Learning is here to follow all the developments this SATs season and this blog will act as a live tracker of all things SATs 2022. It will be regularly updated with all of the results, SATs data and analysis once in.

Read more: What are SATs & Why are SATs important

KS2 SATs 2022 dates

Exam dates

Monday 9 May 2022Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar – Paper 1
Spelling Punctuation & Grammar – Paper 2
Tuesday 10 May 2022English Reading
Wednesday 11 May 2022Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
Thursday 12 May 2022Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)

KS2 SATs papers released from embargo

All SATs test materials and mark schemes will be released online for download on Friday 20th May 2022.

The key stage 2 SATs results 2022 will be released on Tuesday 5th July 2022.

Here’s what we will cover on this page the day the results come out

  • KS2 SATs results 2022: The headlines
  • English SATs results 2022
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar SATs results 2022
  • Maths SATs results 2022
  • Scaled Score Conversion Tables For The KS2 SATs Results
  • How the 2022 SATs results compare to the last time KS2 SATs took place in 2019
  • What impact has the Covid 19 pandemic and school closures had on SATs results?
  • What trends can we see from the 2022 SATs results?
  • What have we learnt from the results of the SATs Arithmetic Test
  • What have we learnt from the results of the SATs Reasoning Test
  • What the results mean and what to do next

KS2 SATs Results 2022: The Next Steps For Your School

Before you start comparing your 2022 SATs results to national data, go through these steps to make sure the data you are comparing is accurate:

1. Small schools – check if the school level results will be published

If you have less than 11 pupils who took the KS2 assessments, then the school level data will not be published publicly, and won’t form part of any decisions for any intervention or coasting school definition.    

2. Add on any special consideration uplift that you were granted

If you applied for special consideration at the end of SATs week for any of your pupils, and were successful, it’s important to note that the scores reported on NCA tools do not take this into account.  

Any children whose special consideration application was granted need 3 added to their scaled score.

3. Consider if any of your pupils can be discounted

Each year, nationally just under half the children who are eligible to be discounted are not. So it’s important to consider if any of your year 6 children are eligible to be disapplied.

Children who are discounted do not count towards your school level results. 

Children can be discounted when all of the following apply:

  • They were admitted to an English school for the first time on or after 1st September 2016.
  • They arrived from overseas before their admission  (if a pupil has transferred schools inside the UK, but arrived into the UK for the first time after the 1st September 2016, they still meet this criteria).
  • English is not an official language of the country from which they came from before entering the UK and being admitted to an English school for the first time (it’s important to check the official language of the country- in the case of many countries, local languages, rather than English will be used by children, but English may still be an official language of the country).

If they can be discounted, then you don’t need to count these children when calculating any percentages or data. But you must apply for children to be discounted  – this can be done by your Headteacher through NCA Tools.   

These children WILL appear in the unvalidated data released onto Analysing School Performance in September, but will be removed when the validated (and all important) data is released in December.

4. Look closely to see if you need to submit any marking reviews

It’s only natural that during the massive task of marking hundreds of thousands of test scripts, some mistakes will happen. 

To help address this, schools can apply for pupils’ scripts for a particular subject to be reviewed and marked again, if they feel there is an error in the marking that will impact the pupils scaled score. 

It’s certainly worthwhile looking in detail at the scripts (which can be downloaded from NCA tools) of any pupil who has a scaled score of 99.

Go through their papers against the published mark scheme, making sure you agree with the marking decisions. 

Especially make sure that all of the page has been taken into account, including workings that are outside the answer area, as this is the most common reason for marking mistakes.   

Don’t forget: SATs papers marking errors can go either way!

You should also note any marking errors that go in your favour (these do happen!). These need to be a part of your decision-making process for whether to submit a pupil’s paper for review.

If you feel you have found mistakes that would make a difference to a pupil’s scaled score you should know that if you submit it, all 3 papers will be remarked, and this can, in rare cases, lead to the marks going down! Being aware of the points you may lose as well as win is key here!

There is also a cost associated with the review if there has been no change to the marking decisions. 

Results for any remarks will be published at the start of September.

5. Make sure you know how you compare to the national data

It almost goes without saying that you then need to look at how your school level percentages for the combined reading/writing/maths expected standard, alongside the expected standard levels for each individual subject, compare to the national results.

Remember to take into account any special consideration and children who will be dis-applied into account when calculating your percentages. 

Also, remember there is not any national data for greater depth at this stage (this will be published in September).

Of course, whilst it is important to see how you compare nationally, remember the smaller your cohort, the less statistically relevant the national data is.

SATs key stage 2 results by school are available from the government’s school comparison service.

Predicting Progress Scores From Your KS2 SATS Results 2022

After you’ve looked at attainment, you may want to begin to attempt to predict what your school level progress scores will be. 

School progress scores are calculated based on an average of pupil progress scores, but the progress score measure is only statistically reliable as a school average, so individual scores should not be reported to parents.

A brief reminder about the methodology for calculating progress scores can be found below:

Each pupil is put into a Prior Attainment Group (PAG) based on their key stage 1 average point scores. It’s important to make sure you are calculating these correctly, understanding that it is not simply a case of adding up the three point scores and dividing by 3.  

To calculate the child’s average point score (and therefore their PAG), the calculation you need to do is: 

  • Add the child’s point score for reading and writing together from the English and Reading tests. 
  • Divide this by 2.
  • Add the child’s point score for maths to this total.
  • Divide this new total by 2. 

What Is The Next Step When Predicting Progress Scores? 

After the calculation above, each PAG is then given an average scaled score.  

This is the actual average of the scaled scores of all children nationally who fit into the PAG. Therefore it is likely to be slightly different year on year, however given the change in scaled scores, we can expect that these will be roughly the same, and that the 2018 figures are likely to give you a ‘worst case’ scenario for progress.

The individual progress scores for all children who have KS1 assessment data available (meaning children were in the UK in state education at the end of KS1, even if they weren’t in your school) are all totalled per subject, and divided by the number of eligible pupils (i.e removing those that have been disapplied and those that don’t have KS1 assessment data) to give the school average. 

You can only make a rough prediction at this stage, as the tables which give the average scaled scores for each PAG will not be published until at least October. You can find the latest tables and data here

There has been some variance between the 2016, 2017 and 2018 averages for each PAG, but when taken as an average across the school, it is likely that predictions made based on 2017 average scaled scores can be made with a fair degree of accuracy.

What About Pupils With Extremely Negative Progress Scores In KS2 SATS?

Remember, that just like past years, the DfE has put in place measures to help reduce the impact of pupils with disproportionately negative progress scores (i.e. those who scored highly at KS1 but significantly below national standard in 2022 KS2 SATs).    

However, before you get too excited, these only apply in very rare circumstances. 

The table below, taken from the 2018 technical guidance, shows the lowest progress measure for each prior attainment group.

If a child’s progress is BELOW the figures in the table, their progress score is REPLACED by the figure in the table below.

Progress Scores KS2 SATs
Progress Scores KS2 2019 SATs

Remember that floor standards and coasting schools are no more 

Back in May, the DfE announced that from this year, there are no floor standards or coasting school definitions. So this is one less measure to worry about!

Look For Patterns And ‘Messages’ From Your KS2 SATs Results Data 

It goes without saying that it is then important to look at your school level data, including any progress predictions you may have made, and see what ‘messages’ they are sending.

Three key questions to ask:

1. Is there only one subject where your results do not meet or exceed national averages? 

If so, if this a pattern from previous years, or something new for this year? 

2. Is there one subject which is impacting on children gaining expected standard across all 3 subjects?

For example, do you have a disproportionate number of children who gained expected higher standard in Reading and Writing but not in Maths? If so, consider how you will track this for your 2019 cohort to make sure this does not become a pattern. 

3. Is there a gap between attainment of any key groups? (i.e. boys/girls, Pupil Premium/Non Pupil Premium, Girls/Boys). 

If so, how can these effectively be addressed?

Once you’ve analysed your data and have looked for patterns, make sure you learn from it!

Consider what you need to put in place to help improve (or maintain) your results for future years.     

Remember, the KS2 SATs are only a measure, but they are a measure of the whole of KS2, not just Year 6 – so any issues you have identified, and/or changes you make, need to take place across all of the school to have a real impact at the end of KS2 – and this is the sort of thing that Ofsted will look for during inspections. 

Support Your Staff Regardless Of Your KS2 SATs Results In 2022

Remember, before thoughts turn to reporting to parents and letting children know their test scores, key staff members will need their school leaders’ support. 

If the 2022 SATs results are good, then there is cause to celebrate. 

Your Year 6 team deserve a pat on the back, at the very least!

If the results are not as expected or desired then, putting aside personal thoughts and feelings, it is a leader’s responsibility to help staff come to terms with disappointment first and foremost.

Remember, KS2 SATs are a whole-school effort and the responsibility for results should not fall solely on the shoulders of the Year 6 teachers. So that you can make any follow up productive, teachers will need to feel trusted and supported by their leaders – try to avoid any ‘knee-jerk’ reactions.

Don’t Forget To Report KS2 SATs Results To Children And Parents

Naturally, children will want to know their scores, and remember that schools are legally required to provide a written report which includes results of national curriculum tests (including the scaled score and measure of if they have met the expected standard or not) alongside teacher assessment judgements.

It is also a legal requirement that you provide enough time for parents to have the opportunity to discuss the results if they wish. 

What Else Can You Do For Your Year 6 Pupils?

Beyond the statutory letter, it is up to individual schools what else they do.

Some send a more detailed letter, often explaining the role SATs tests have and how they are only part of the picture.  

In some schools Year 6 teachers release time to sit with each child and explain their test results alongside teacher assessment data. 

This gives staff an opportunity to show their children that the test is not the be-all-and-end-all.  

It also lets them show the child that their full year of progress, not just the scores from the SATs matters too – but it is important that this is done on the same day (not before) that the results go out to parents.

And Finally – Look On The Bright Side Of Your 2022 KS2 SATs Results!

When results come out, especially if they are less than ideal, It’s easy to forget to look for the positives. 

However, positives will be there!  

Look at successes for particular individuals or pupil groups, or certain complete tests that have gone well for your cohort – these will all provide reasons to celebrate. 

Remember, any more negative trends can begin to form part of your plan for next year. It’s important not to just focus and dwell on what went wrong, but to think forward to how to do it right next time.

It’s also worth remembering that your children are more than a score- as this video shows:

Why primary schools use Third Space Learning to improve their SATs results in Maths

  • We have a proven track record of providing Year 6 pupils with a targeted revision programme that combines a focus on the individual’s gaps with the key topics they need to know
  • Our SATs revision lessons have been designed around a maths mastery approach building fluency, reasoning and problem solving. 
  • Schools often use us to support their target pupils who would otherwise not be securely on track to achieve expected standard; with the support of our one to one tutors most of them are able to turn around their results. 
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Example of a Third Space Learning SATs revision lesson slide

“We did amazingly well in our maths SATs results and achieved 81%. All of our Third Space pupils achieved expected progress, one Third Space pupil achieved one of the highest results in year 6! (Before they started, 5 pupils were middle, 1 was low and 2 were high).”

Sam Linton, Temple Grove Academy.

If you’re looking for a way to make a drastic improvement in maths attainment next year, particularly for SATs, book a quick demo of our 1-to-1 maths interventions for a quote or call us on 0203 771 0095. 

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Vanessa Sipple-Asher
Vanessa Sipple-Asher
Content Editor
Vanessa edits a lot of the content that you see on the Third Space Learning blog and once in a while, she gets the chance to write articles about maths education and how Third Space Learning can help students and teachers.

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