Last reviewed on 11 November 2021
School types: Maintained, Academy · School phases: Primary
Ref: 4558

Understand how the Key Stage (KS) 2 SATs are administered and reported this year, and what role the governing board should play.

SATs are back for 2021/22

At the end of Key Stage (KS) 2, pupils take National Curriculum tests, also known as SATs. These were cancelled for the past 2 years due to the coronavirus pandemic, but are scheduled to go ahead from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 May 2022

Academies, including free schools, are not required to teach the National Curriculum but must still administer SATs tests if their funding agreements require them to follow the KS2 assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA).

What are pupils tested on? 

The KS2 SATs consist of:

  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) paper 1: questions
  • English GPS paper 2: spelling
  • English reading
  • Maths paper 1: arithmetic
  • Maths paper 2: reasoning
  • Maths paper 3: reasoning

This is outlined in section 5.1 of the ARA guidance (linked above).

How and when will pupils receive results? 

For each pupil registered for