Primary schools are required to carry out Statutory assessments of children’s abilities at 4 different points. Parents/carers are informed of the results at the end of the academic year in which the assessments are carried out:
Reception - Good Level of Development (GLD)
At the end of Reception, children are assessed against 'Early Learning Goals'. If a pupil has attained well they are described as having a 'Good Level of Development' (GLD).
Year 1 - Phonics Screening
The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to ensure that all pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6 years old. All Year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check.
The phonics check is to support teachers in identifying the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These pupils will then be able to retake the check in Year 2. If the pupil does not pass the phonics screening test for a second year they will not undertake the check in Year 3. The Year 3 class teachers however will be made aware of these children to provide additional phonics support.
The phonics screening check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read in a one-to-one situation with a teacher.
Year 2 and Year 6- SATs (Statutory Assessment Tests)
SATS tests are given at the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) and Key Stage 2 (year 6). They are used to track progress and attainment of children in schools from Early Years to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. They comprise a mixture of teacher-led and test-based assessments.
Year 4 Multiplication Check
The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for primary schools starting from the 2021/22 academic year.
The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.
Key Stage 1
During May all children in Year 2 will undertake the end of Key Stage 1 SAT. Children will be assessed in reading, writing, grammar, maths and science.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 SATs are undertaken in Year 6 and are more formal. They take place in May in a dedicated week and all tests must be administered on days specified in the statutory test timetable set by the Department for Education and Standards and Testing Agency. Therefore, it is essential that your child is in school during this week to undertake their SATs.
Below is the timetable for May 2023: