St.Stephen's School


Statutory Assessments In Primary Schools


Standard Assessment Tests (SATs)

SATS tests are given at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 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. 

Key Stage 1

During May all children in Year 2 will undertake the end of Key Stage 1 SATs. 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. 

Reception Baseline Assessment

The Reception Baseline Assessment is an age-appropriate assessment of communication and language, early mathematics and literacy. It is delivered in the English language and is administered within the first six weeks of a pupil starting reception. The assessment has two components, each consisting of practical tasks using physical resources. The Reception Baseline Assessment will be used to create school-level progress measures for primary schools which will show the progress pupils make from reception until the end of key stage.

Phonics Screening -Year 1

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. This is undertaken during the summer term.

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. 

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.

The Multiplication Tables Check - Year 4 

The Multiplication Tables Check is a Key Stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). This was introduced for the 2019 / 2020 academic year.

The table below shows our school data from 2019. Due to COVID 19 no end of key stage data was recorded for 2020 and 2021.  Apart from Phonics in Year 2 in 2021 and Reception Baseline.   All other tests will resume in 2022.