What is SATs?

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YoungRaji Wed 21-Feb-18 12:41:09

Good afternoon, mummiessmile

I have a quick question about exam of KS1.
I have never taken the UK education so that I have no idea about it. What is the SATs exam? Is its purpose to go Grammar school? or that to give a score to school?

Please let me know about it.

Many thanks,

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BlueChampagne Wed 21-Feb-18 13:29:31

SATs a few tests taken at the end of year 2 (ages 6-7) to give a score to the school for their pupils' achiement at the end of key stage 1.

The exam to go to grammar school is the 11+, which is area-specific, and is taken when they are 10 or 11 (when they also take key stage 2 SATs).

BackforGood Wed 21-Feb-18 13:37:14

SATS were brought in to measure how well the school is doing. It doesn't achieve this, but that was the plan. The % of children that get certain levels is in the world of Government who know nothing about actual real life children supposed to reflect how good the teaching is.

For the first couple of decades, it wasn't a particularly big deal, but the schools are now under a great deal of pressure to hit targets and sadly over the last 10 years +, there is now a lot of "teaching to the test" in Yr6. Teachers hate it. Pupils hate it. Parents hate it. However, all state schools (not private schools) have to do them.
they just test in English and maths and then use these fogures for a computer to generate what GCSEs your d will get in all sorts of other subjects.
However, it is nothing to do with grammar schools. Grammar schools do separate tests.
Secondary schools know the SATS results don't reflect a child's ability and tend to do their own assessments when the dc start in Yr 7.

There are also SATs at the end of Yr2, but the vast majority of schools manage to keep these much more low key and dc don't always know they are doing them.

Julraj Wed 21-Feb-18 13:42:38

Hi Raji,

SATs are tests given to children at the end of Year 2 and the end of Year 6. They're in Maths and English (with some degree of Science too). You can see sample tests from past years here...www.sats-papers.co.uk

There's an enormous debate around SATs, primarily because they're tested on quite young children. I'm an ex-teacher of SATs aged children so if you have any particular questions then don't hesitate to ask.

user789653241 Wed 21-Feb-18 13:52:50

KS1 sats results doesn't even get reported to parents unless they ask. They are just a test to measure children's knowledge, so nothing to worry about, or needs preparations for.

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