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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Year 6 KS2 SATs

Compulsory SAT tests are carried out every year in school with children in Year 2 and Year 6.


Key Stage 2 Assessment (Year 6 pupils)

In Year 6, before children leave us to move to Secondary school they undertake tests in Reading Comprehension, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG) and Numeracy. These tests are set by the Department for Education and must be taken in a particular week in May. All maintained schools in the country take the same test on the same day. This year SAT week begins on Monday 11th May and the timetable of when each test happens is below.


Schools are required to administer the following tests: English Reading; English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (new from 2013); and Mathematics. There will be no Science Sampling in 2020.


The 2020 end of Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests will be held in the week beginning Monday 11th May 2020.


  • Monday 11th: English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
  • Tuesday 12th: English reading
  • Wednesday 13th: Mathematics papers 1 and 2
  • Thursday 14th: Mathematics paper 3


The papers from the Year 6 tests are marked externally and results published by the Department for Education in early July. Parents and children will be made aware of these as soon as they are released to us.


How you can help

  • Try to talk to your child ahead of the test week and reassure them – re-iterating the message that they just need to try their best and not worry.
  • Make sure that they have a reasonably early night during SAT week. They will feel under a degree of stress so try to be patient.
  • Ensure that they have a healthy breakfast before coming to school. Once in school we provide milk, juice or fruit prior to the tests starting to those children who want it.
  • Once home ask your child how the day went and what they think they did well.