Key Stage 2 SATs: governors' role

Key Stage (KS) 2 SATs will take place in May 2023. Here's what you need to know and what you should ask your head. And, if you're asked to be an 'independent observer' for your school's test administration, use our checklist so you know what to look out for.

Last reviewed on 29 March 2023
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School types: Maintained, Academy · School phases: Primary
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  1. Know the key information
  2. Monitor SATs as part of general teaching and learning
  3. Ask about the effects on wellbeing
  4. Ask about test administration
  5. You might need to be an independent observer
  6. Independent observers: use our checklist
  7. Scrutinise your school's results afterwards

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?