Know the key information
You should know:
- What the SATs are for
- When they'll take place
- How they'll be administered and reported
Read this article for a quick explanation.
Monitor SATs as part of general teaching and learning
As a general rule, governors don't need to be too involved in how your school prepares pupils for the SATs, because the specific details are too operational.
Your role as a governing board involves monitoring teaching and learning provision overall, and holding the headteacher to account for pupil outcomes. In the build-up to the tests, ask the headteacher questions such as:
- What are we doing to prepare pupils for their SATs tests so they have the best possible chance of success? How do we know this is the best method?
- What do we expect the results to look like this year, and why? Is this better or worse than last time?