SATs, Phonics and EYFS Assessments
Pupils undertake a range of assessments throughout the course of the school year with some of these assessments being statutory. The majority of statutory assessments take place in the summer term and parents will be provided with information and updates as the year progresses.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department for Education paused the SATs assessments meaning no formal data or assessments are recorded for 2019/20 or 2020/21. It is intended that assessments will start again in the 2021/22 academic year with the following assessments taking place on the following dates.
KS2 SATs Dates 2021/22 – Testing Period
Monday 9th May 2022: Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test- Grammar/Punctuation- 45 minutes
Monday 9th May 2022: Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test- Spelling- 20 minutes
Tuesday 10th May 2022: Reading Test- 60 minutes
Wednesday 11th May 2022: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)- 30 minutes
Wednesday 11th May 2022: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes
Thursday 12th May 2022: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes
KS1 SATs Dates 2022– Testing Period
May 2022: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 1
May 2022: KS1 English Reading Test Paper 2
May 2022: KS1 English SPaG Test- Grammar/Punctuation
May 2022: KS1 English SPaG Test- Spelling
May 2022: KS1 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
May 2022: KS1 Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
Year 1 Phonics Check Dates 2021/22– Testing Period
The Phonics screening check takes place during the week beginning Monday 6th June 2022 for all pupils in Year 1.
Year 2 Phonics Check Autumn 2021 - November 2021
Due to Covid-19, the phonics screening check for Year 1 pupils in June 2021 did not take place. This means pupils in Year 2 during the academic year 2021/22 did not take the check. In the 2021/22 academic year, it is statutory for schools to administer a past version of the phonics screening check to Year 2 pupils during the second half of the 2021 autumn term with the results being submitted to the local authority.
The autumn check is intended to ensure that Year 2 pupils who need support in learning to decode using phonics are not missed.
Year 2 pupils who meet the expected standard in phonics in the 2021 autumn check will not be required to complete any further statutory assessments in phonics. Year 2 pupils who do not meet the expected standard in the 2021 autumn check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2022, alongside Year 1 pupils (see above).
EYFS (FS2) Assessment Dates 2021/22
Following national changes to the Early Years Curriculum from September 2021, the way in which pupils in FS2 are assessed has now changed. Previously, pupils were assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile resulting in a judgment in each of the areas leading to either an emerging, expected or exceeding outcome against the different areas.
Starting in September 2021, all pupils entering FS2 (Reception) will complete the reception baseline assessment (RBA). This assessment takes place within the first 6 weeks of the school year and is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. It is statutory for all schools from September 2021.
The assessment will be carried out by your child's class teacher and is designed so that your child cannot ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ the assessment. Its main purpose is to create a starting point to measure the progress schools make with their pupils.
For more information, please view this Parents Guide - RBA