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When are Key Stage 2 SATs 2024?

SATs, or national curriculum assessments, are assessments of primary pupils’ progress and attainment. They are currently completed at the end of key stage one (infant phase) and key stage two (end of primary/ junior phase). 2022/23 was the last year of statutory assessment at the end of key stage one.
At key stage two, the tests are more formal and school-level results are normally published in national performance tables allowing for comparison with other schools. These are often known as league tables. SATs cover core academic subjects – English, maths, and science.


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Key Stage 2 SATs 2024 Timetable

Monday 13th May 2024: Spelling, punctuation, and grammar (Grammar/Punctuation Test) – 45 minutes
Monday 13th May 2024: Spelling, punctuation, and grammar (Spelling Test) – 20 minutes
Tuesday 14th May 2024: Reading Paper (English) – 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
What are key stage 2 SATs tests?
Pupils in year 6, at the end of key stage 2 (KS2) will take national curriculum assessments in:
• English grammar, punctuation and spelling
• English reading
• mathematics
The tests help measure the attainment of pupils in relation to the standards set out in the national curriculum, and help teachers and parents identify where pupils may need additional support in a certain subject area. The tests are also used to assess schools’ performance, and school-level results data is used to produce national and regional performance statistics.
Pupils will sit the KS2 tests on scheduled dates set by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA). If a pupil is absent on a scheduled test day, they may be able to take any missed tests up to 5 school days afterwards. 
Are there any other assessments?
There are no tests for English writing or science at the end of KS2, but performance in these subjects will be reported as a teacher assessment judgement.  Teachers will make this judgement based on a pupil’s overall work and performance in the subject.
Teacher assessment judgements in English writing may be externally moderated by the school’s local authority. This is a collaborative process between the school and local authority moderator, to ensure that judgements are consistent with national standards.
When will pupils receive their results?
Schools can view KS2 test results online from Tuesday 9 July 2024.
Each school will decide how they issue test results to pupils and parents, but parents should receive the teacher assessment judgements and test results by the end of the summer term.
Schools will review test papers and submit marking review applications if they believe the marking scheme has not been applied correctly. In the rare cases where revisions to results are necessary, they are made once the review process is complete at the end of the summer holidays.
Pupils absent during SATs
Key stage one assessments can be taken at any point during May. They aren’t strictly timed. If a child is temporarily absent because of illness or for another reason, they would usually be able to complete the assessments when they return to school.
At key stage two, there is a national timetable for the tests to ensure they’re taken on the same days in all schools. For 2024, if a pupil is absent, for example because of illness, on the day of a test, but returns to school within five school days, the school may be able to apply to the STA to let the child sit the test(s) late. This is known as a timetable variation.
Can a parent withdraw their child from SATs?
There is no parental right to withdraw children from sitting SATs, but head teachers have the power to determine whether a particular child should undertake the assessments.
Parents are responsible for ensuring their child attends school regularly, if they are on a school roll. Where a child of compulsory school age is absent from school on an unauthorised basis, during the SATs period, then the usual parental responsibility measures are available to schools and local authorities.
How are SATs results used for school accountability purposes?
National curriculum assessment results are one of the ways in which the DfE holds schools accountable for their performance.