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Statutory Assessments

All statutory assessments resume in 2022.




Children in Year 1 will sit a phonics screening check in June. 


All year 1 pupils in England take the phonics screening check. It’s done in school by our staff.


This year, all year 2 pupils were assessed in the autumn term  – this is because the check was cancelled last school year due to COVID-19. 


The check is made up of 40 words, and usually lasts 5-10 minutes. Some words are real words, and others are nonsense, or ‘alien’ words, that help to show if pupils can work out how to decode words they haven’t seen before.

The check helps us to see:

  • How pupils are progressing in phonics
  • Where to provide additional teaching and support

The check may not be appropriate for some pupils. We’ll let you know if we think this is the case for your child.


When will it be happening?

Year 1 will do the phonics screening check in June 2022.

Year 2 will do the check during the second half of the autumn term.


Do we get to know the results?

We have to report the results to Seftom Local Authority by the end of the autumn (year 2) or summer (year 1) term. We’ll also let you know the results:

Year 2 - Your child's class teacher will inform you of your child's phonics screening test during the Parental Consultations during the spring term.


Year 1 - in the end of summer term reports to parents.

If your child does not meet the expected standard in the check, they’ll get to have another go next year (for year 1) or in the summer term (for year 2). It’s normally nothing to worry about.

The results don’t count towards any league tables.


Do we need to prepare at home?

No – your child is being taught phonics at school and no special work at home is needed.

However, you can always help your child by:

  • Reading to and with them
  • Playing sound and reading games
  • Teaching them new words, and showing them how they’re written




Learning to read through phonics - information for parents



Your child will be participating in the multiplication tables check in June. The purpose of the check is to determine whether your child can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help your child’s school to identify if your child may need additional support.


It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.


 Your child’s teacher will share your child’s score with you, as they would with all national curriculum assessments. Your child's class teacher will do so via the end of year school report.  There is no pass mark for the check

Multiplication tables check - information for parents leaflet

Key Stage 1 - SATs


Your child’s teacher is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in English reading, English writing, mathematics and science, by the end of key stage 1. To help inform those judgements, pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and mathematics, commonly called SATs.

They may also sit an optional test in English grammar, punctuation and spelling.


The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move into key stage 2. They also allow teachers to see how your child is performing against national expected standards.


The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed.

Pupils may not even know they are taking them as many teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom activities.

National curriculum tests (SATs) at key stage 1

Information for parents of pupils in year 2, typically aged 7, about assessments in May.

Key Stage 2  SATs


If you have a child in year 6, at the end of key stage 2, they will take national curriculum tests in English grammar, punctuation and spelling, English reading and mathematics. The tests help measure the progress pupils have made and identify if they need additional support in a certain area. The tests are also used to assess schools’ performance and to produce national performance data. The key stage 2 tests will be taken on set dates


At the end of the summer term you should receive test results for:

• English grammar, punctuation and spelling

• English reading

• mathematics Teacher assessment

As there is no test for English writing, this will be reported as a teacher assessment judgement. This is a judgement teachers will make, based on your child’s work at the end of key stage 2. You will also receive a teacher assessment judgement for science.










PAPER 1 –arithmetic

PAPER 2 - reasoning




PAPER 3: reasoning

WRITING - Teacher Assessments 


Throughout the year the children will be composing independent pieces of writing to build up a portfolio of evidence.


This body of work will cover a range of genres that have been taught in class and provide evidence of the writing skills  necessary to meet the expected standard.


In past years  a best fit approach was used.   However, now ALL of the skills must be grasped and applied in independent work to meet the expected standard.


Some children will be able to apply the skills consistently across most genres and will therefore be working at greater depth within the expected standard (GDS).

How can I help my child?

Go to HOME>CHILDREN>SATS REVISION GAMES for  links to fun revision games. 


National curriculum tests (SATs) at key stage 2

Information for parents of pupils in year 6, typically aged 11, about assessments in May.