Changes to KS1 SATs in 2016: what parents need to know
Children starting Year 2 in September 2015 and beyond will need to be prepared for the new style KS1 SATs in 2016. Here's what you need to know about what the tests involve.
In the summer term 2016, children at the end of Key Stage 1 will sit new SATs papers. That means that if your child is in Year 2, they will be among the first pupils to take the new test. SATs have been overhauled in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 to reflect the changes to the national curriculum, which was introduced from September 2014.
At the end of Year 2, children will take SATs in:
Key Stage 1 reading
The new reading test for Year 2 pupils will involve two separate papers:
Each paper is worth 50 per cent of the marks, and should take around 30 minutes, but children will not be strictly timed, as the tests are not intended to assess children’s ability to work at speed. The texts in the reading papers will cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and will get progressively more difficult towards the end of the test. Teachers will have the option to stop the test at any point that they feel is appropriate for a particular child.
There will be a variety of question types:
Key stage 1 grammar, spelling and punctuation
Children taking Key Stage 1 SATs will sit two separate papers in grammar, spelling and punctuation:
Key Stage 1 Maths
The new Key Stage 1 maths test will comprise two papers:
Children will not be able to use any tools such as calculators or number lines.
When will the KS1 SATs take place?
The new-style KS1 SATs are due to be administered in May 2016.
How will the tests be marked?
Although the tests are set externally, they will be marked by teachers within the school. Instead of the old national curriculum levels, children will be given a standardised score – although this may not be communicated to parents. Teacher assessments will also be used to build up a picture of your child’s learning and achievements. In addition, your child will receive an overall result saying whether they have achieved the required standard in the tests. The Department for Education aims for 85 per cent of children to reach the required standard.
Are there any practice papers for 2016 SATs?
The Department for Education has produced some sample papers (link is external) for teachers, which you can look through to understand what kind of questions will be asked.
You can also check out free past papers from previous years – although the format and content of the new SATs will be different, they will still help to familiarise your child with exam procedure.
TheSchoolRun has commissioned five complete KS1 SATs practice papers for maths and five for English. Available exclusively to subscribers, they are written in the style of the 2016 papers and feature similar question types.
What about the future?
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has confirmed that there will be a new government consultation on SATs in KS1. Currently, the tests are marked by teachers and the results are collated by local authorities, but the consultation will consider gathering results at a national level, which could include external marking and the publication of league tables. No date has yet been announced for the consultation or its report, but Nicky Morgan says, 'To be really confident that children are progressing well through primary school, we will be looking at the assessment of pupils age seven to make sure it is as robust and rigorous as it needs to be.'
For Practice Papers follow the link below: