At the end of Year 6, children sit tests, (SATs) in:

  • Reading
  • Maths
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test

The grammar, punctuation and spelling test consists of two parts:

  • grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes
  • an auditory spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 20 minutes

Key Stage 2 maths

Children sit three papers in maths:

  • Paper 1: Arithmetic, 30 minutes
  • Papers 2 and 3: Reasoning, 40 minutes per paper

When will the KS2 SATs take place in 2024?

The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 13th May 2024.

The 2024 SATs schedule is as follows:

Monday 13th May 2024

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Tuesday 14th May 2024

English reading

Wednesday 15th May 2024

Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Thursday 16th May 2024

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning


How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

Each child will receive a raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education.

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is:

80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)

120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won't have achieved the expected standard in the test.


Writing is assessed across the year in a range of genres and an overall standard is awarded by the class teacher at the end of the school year. Teacher's judgements are moderated internally, within our school partnership and can be externally moderated by Lambeth. 


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