Throughout their time in primary education, pupil’s attainment is assessed according to guidelines set out by the Department for Education:

Reception – The Good Level of Development (GLD) is a performance measure used at the end of reception: Children achieving a good level of development are those achieving at least the expected level within the following areas of learning: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; and mathematics.

Phonics – (end of Year 1) – The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1, and is usually taken at the beginning of June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

Year 4 have a multiplication tables check (MTC) that they complete in June. These tests are conducted online. The children will have practice tests before the final one so that they are familiar with the process.

KS2 SATs (end of Year 6) – Children in year 6 take the Key Stage 2 SATs tests in May. These are more formal than those taken at the end of year 2, and are held on the same dates across the country under exam conditions. There are a number of elements to the KS2 SATS tests, including English reading, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar. Before the end of the summer term, your child’s school will send you a report. The report will include test results (maths, reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar) and teacher assessment judgements (writing and science).


Dates  - Subject to change taken from the Primary Assessment Page 

Test Year Group  Date  Extra Information
Year 2  KS1 Testing Period (optional) May 2025  
Year 6 SPAG KS2 SATS  12th-15th May 2025  
Year 6 Reading KS2 SATS  12th-15th May 2025  
Year 6 Mathematics: Paper 1 Arithmetic  12th-15th May 2025  
Year 6  Mathematics: Problem Solving and Reasoning Paper 2 and 3  12th-15th May 2025  
KS1  Phonics Screening  Monday 9th June  The week commencing 
Year 4  Multiplication Tables Check  TBC Within 3 weeks of this date


KS2 is timetabled from Monday 12th May to Thursday 15th May. The above timetable for year 6 is based on 2023. 

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