When will the KS2 SATs take place in 2024?

If you have a child in year 6, at the end of key stage 2, they will take national curriculum tests in English grammar, punctuation and spelling, English reading and mathematics.

The tests help measure the progress pupils have made and identify if they need additional support in a certain area. The tests are also used to assess schools’ performance and to produce national performance data.

These tests are both set and marked externally, and the results are used to measure the school’s performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.

Key Stage 2 Reading

The reading test is a single paper with questions based on three passages of text. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.

Key Stage 2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Test

The Test consists of 2 parts:

  1. A Grammar and Punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes.
  2. An Auditory Spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 20 minutes.
Key Stage 2 Maths

There are 3 papers in Maths:

  • Paper 1: Arithmetic, 30 minutes.
  • Papers 2 and 3: Reasoning, 40 minutes per paper.
How will Key Stage 2 SATs be marked?

Each child will receive a raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the expected standard set by the Department for Education.

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 Test:
  • 80 (the lowest scaled score that can be awarded)
  • 120 (the highest scaled score)

The expected standard for each test is a scaled score of 100 or more. If a child is awarded a scaled score of 99 or less they won’t have achieved the expected standard in the test.


As there is no test for English writing, this will be reported as a teacher assessment judgement. This is a judgement teachers will make, based on your child’s work at the end of key stage 2. You will also receive a teacher assessment judgement for science.

Writing is assessed across the year in a range of genres and an overall standard is awarded by the class teacher at the end of the school year. Teacher’s judgements are moderated internally, within our school partnership and can be externally moderated by Wandsworth.

We will be holding additional family learning workshops to support parents to support their child achieve their best.