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Parents’ Information

Can my child fail a SATs test?

NO! It is important that children understand they are not going to 'pass' or 'fail' the test - it will just show what they have learned and what they can do.

What are the children tested on?

The children are tested on all of the work they have covered in all year groups so far in Key Stage 2 (years 3,4,5,6). Year 6 children are tested on Maths and English. However, formal assessments take place throughout the year so SATs results rarely hold any surprises for the teaching staff.

What form will the tests take?


Grammar, punctuation & vocabulary

50 marks



20 marks



50 marks


Mental Maths

20 marks


Written paper A

40 marks


Written paper B

40 marks

How will the results be reported?

Year 6 SATs tests are sent away for marking and are handed out as soon as they arrive back in school. You will receive an official letter with your child’s report at the end of the year. This will state the test level and a teacher assessment. Both carry equal weighting. The sheet also details how the child fares in comparison to the national and the school averages.


Your child’s writing result will be a teacher assessment judgement of their work across Year 6.

What do the results of all the tests mean?

The results show whether or not your child has reached the expected National Curriculum level.  Every school will have set a target for a certain percentage of pupils to reach the expected levels in English and Maths. The results will show whether your child’s school has managed to achieve that target.

What is teacher assessment?

All teachers throughout the Key Stage assess their children but they are required to summarise their assessment at the end of the Key Stage, giving an overall level in English, Maths, Science and ICT.

What do the levels mean?

It is expected that the majority of 11 year old children will achieve Level 4 by the end of Year 6. However, for some children, achieving Level 3 is a real success for that particular individual. A child achieving Level 5 is working at a high level.


Year 2

(Age 7)

Year 6

(Age 11)

Year 8

(Age 14)

Level 8




Level 7



Beyond expectations

Level 6



At expected level

Level 5


Beyond expectations

Level 4


At expected level

Below expectations

Level 3

Beyond expectations

Below expectations

Level 2




At expected level


Level 1

Below expectations



Where can I find some past questions?

There are good websites for Year 6 children, where they can practise past questions. You can also buy books at good book stores, which contain past questions.  Your child has a copy of the English and Maths Revision Guides from School and may buy question books at a cost of £2.  Other books are available from CGP.

Where can I get help from the Internet?

There are many great websites, and you will find links to some of the best on the Cliff Park Junior website.

How can parents help?

Don't get carried away - the tests are not an eleven-plus. A child does not fail SATs. Encourage children to be confident about their ability to do well. Playing is important - children should not be stopped from living their lives as normal during test week. Support your child in working through the revision guides and the on-line learning resources.

Will they need any special equipment?

Not really, only what they would normally have in school – a pen, pencil, ruler and eraser.  For the Maths tests they will need a calculator and protractor.

They may also bring a bottle of water.  Research shows that students who sip water during a test do better!

How to help your child:

  • Make sure they get enough sleep.
  • Make sure they eat breakfast.
  • Don’t try and frighten them into revising. Make it fun for them.
  • Encourage them to ask the teacher if they are unsure about anything.
  • Explain that the SATs are a way of showing what they know.

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