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. Assessments commenced again in the 2021/22 academic year.
The following assessments will take place in the 2023-2024 academic year;
KS2 SATs Dates 2023/24 – Testing Period
Monday 13th May 2024: Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test- Grammar/Punctuation- 45 minutes
Monday 13th May 2024: Spelling, punctuation and grammar Test- Spelling- 20 minutes
Tuesday 14th May 2024: Reading Test- 60 minutes
Wednesday 15th May 2024: Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)- 30 minutes
Wednesday 15th May 2024: Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes
Thursday 16th May 2024: Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)- 40 minutes
Year 4 Multiplication Check Dates 2023/24 – Testing Period
The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for all Year 4 pupils registered at state-funded maintained schools, special schools or academies (including free schools) in England. The check takes place on-line and will be carried out over a 2 week period from the week beginning Monday 3rd June 2024.
KS1 (Year 2) SATs Dates 2023/24 - Testing Period
The Government have announced that from the 23/24 academic year, KS1 SATs are non-statutory meaning pupils in Year 2 are not required to complete KS1 SATs.
Year 1 Phonics Check Dates 2023/24 – Testing Period
The Phonics screening check takes place during the week beginning Monday 10th June 2024 for all pupils in Year 1.
Year 2 Phonics Re-Check - Testing Period
Year 2 pupils who met the expected standard in phonics in the 2023 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 2023 check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2024, alongside Year 1 pupils (see above).
EYFS (FS2) Assessment Dates 2023/24
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.
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.
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