When Are SATs? Important KS1 And KS2 SATs Dates For Parents and Teachers
This is a regularly updated page for parents and teachers to answer questions around when are the SATs, and to share important KS1 and KS2 dates with them.
Following the disruption caused by the pandemic, resulting in school closures and pupils absences, SATs 2020 and SATs 2021 were cancelled. SATs 2022 were the first SATs since SATs 2019. SATs 2024 will be going ahead.
If your children are sitting SATs in 2024, these are the dates you should know. Your Year 2 child could be sitting the optional KS1 SATs papers in May 2024 and your Year 6 child will be sitting the compulsory KS2 SATs papers in May 2024. The SATs results 2024 will come later in July and onwards, which is when remarking will also take place.
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When are the KS1 SATs 2024?
The optional KS1 SATs for 2024 will take place in May.
Which SATs will my child sit in 2024?
The SATs are administered by primary schools in England to all children who are either in Year 2 (depending on if the school decides to do these) or Year 6.
SATs 2024 in KS1 (Year 2)
If your child is in KS1 (Year 2), they may sit the optional, official SATs in:
They will also be assessed by their teachers in science, speaking and listening and writing, but this is known as the teacher assessment rather than an official SAT.
SATs 2024 in KS2 (Year 6)
If your child is in KS2 (Year 6), they will sit official SATs in:
- English reading
- English grammar
They will also be assessed by their teachers on subjects including speaking and listening, writing and science.
When are the SATs 2024?
SATs for both KS1 (Year 2) and KS2 (Year 6) take part in May each year, but there is some variation on exactly when your child will be sitting the SATs, depending on their year group and school.
When are the KS1 SATs 2024 dates (Year 2)?
There is no set date for the KS1 SATs, other than the fact that they will take place in May.
Specific dates vary from school to school, and they depend on a wide range of factors. If you want to find out more about this, take a look at the government’s education website which is regularly updated.
KS1 SATs 2024 dates: testing period
May 2024: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 1
May 2024: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 2
May 2024: KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Test – Grammar/Punctuation
May 2024: KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling Test – Spelling
May 2024: KS1 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
May 2024: KS1 Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
Helpful link for the KS1 SATs 2024
When are the KS2 SATs 2024 dates (Year 6)?
Ordinarily, the dates for the KS2 SATs run over one week per school year, usually starting on a Monday.
KS2 SATs 2024 dates: testing period
- Monday 13th May 2024: Spelling, punctuation and grammar (Grammar/Punctuation Test) – 45 minutes
- Monday 13th May 2024: Spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spelling Test) – 20 minutes
- Tuesday 14th May 2024: Reading Test – 60 minutes
- Wednesday 15th May 2024: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) – 30 minutes
- Wednesday 15th May 2024: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes
- Thursday 16th May 2024: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning) – 40 minutes
When will the SATs results be released?
For Key Stage 2 children, SATs results day is normally held around the second week of July.
By this date, papers will have been marked by the external examiners, the raw marks converted into a scaled score and made available to parents. You will be told whether or not your child is meeting the expected standard along with both versions of their score. As well as this, your child’s school will share how their results compare to the national average.
For Key Stage 1 children, SATs results day varies from school to school. You will be told the results of your child’s tests in English, maths and science, and the school should show you how your child’s results compare to those of other children in the school and nationally.
Here’s how to interpret what the SATs scores mean when they come.
How can I help my child prepare for the SATs 2024?
There are a number of things you can do to help your child prepare for the SATs over the course of the next school year. Here are some ideas:
Work with your child and introduce some learning at home
A great way to help cement the knowledge that your child will be gaining in school is to bring some learning into your home. In the maths SATs for example, the four operations (addition, multiplication, subtraction and division) are all bound to come up in some way, shape or form, and this means that you can revise them with your child well ahead of time.
Place a focus on their mental health during SATs and give them time to relax
In the run-up to SATs, things can seem quite hectic to a young mind. They know there are exams coming up, and although we all understand that they are not the be-all and end-all, to a Year 6 student they can definitely seem that way.
One of the best things you can do as a parent to help your child prepare for SATs is to give them time and space to simply relax after a long day of learning or revising.
That certainly doesn’t mean that you should ignore revision/work at home altogether, but rather not worry as much when dishing out iPad or TV time.
Previous SATS guidance
SATs have been running in their current incarnation for 5 years; there were no government standardised assessments in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out about the others below:
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