2019/20 academic year

Key stage 1

Date Activity
May 2020 Key stage 1 test period
Week commencing Monday 8 June 2020 Phonics screening check week

Key stage 2

The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 11 May to Thursday 14 May 2020.

Multiplication tables check

Schools should administer the multiplication tables check within the 3 week period from Monday 8 June 2020.

Science sampling tests

Schools selected for science sampling will need to be available to administer the tests within the 2 week period from Monday 8 June 2020.

SATs 2018 Timetable

Monday 14th May             English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, Papers 1 and 2

Tuesday 15th May             English Reading

Wednesday 16th May       Mathematics Papers 1 and 2

Thursday 17th May           Mathematics Paper 3



The KS2 SATs begin in May. Children who started Year 6 in September 2014 will be the last to take Key Stage 2 SATs in their current form, before they are over hauled for summer 2016. These SATs have already undergone some changes, with the aim of making them fairer for all children. In 2011, a review into primary school assessments recommended a greater focus on the progress of children throughout the school year, as opposed to a test-day snapshot of what they know; it also highlighted the value of teacher assessment.

KS2 SATs papers explained

All Year 6 children are required to take externally-set assessments in English and maths. The standard papers cover levels 3-5, with 4 being the expected natioanl average at the end of primary school. Children sit the following tests:

Year 6 English SATs

English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary, taking 45 minutes; Paper 2 is a spelling test with 20 questions, taking approximately 15 minutes

English reading – one paper based on reading comprehension of three texts, with a total of 35 to 40 questions of increasing difficulty. Children are allowed one hour in total, including reading time.

The English grammar, punctuation and spelling test covers sentence grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, handwriting and spelling and was intorduced in 2013. This replaced the old writing paper, with writing now being tested purely through teacher assessment.

Year 6 Maths SATs

Mathematics – Papers 1 and 2, each lasting 45 minutes and Paper 3, a 20 minute mental maths test.

In addition, high-achieving children may be entered for Level 6 SATs papers in the same subjects. The Department for Education (DfE) advises that only children who are expected to achieve level 6 should take these tests. They must also take the level 3-5 paper first, and can only be awarded a level 6 if they also achieve level 5 on the standard paper. If they don’t pass the level 6 paper, they are awarded the grade from their level 3-5 test instead. From 2014, school performance tables will show the number of pupils who were awarded level 6.

KS2 2 Stage SAT’s Results