From September 2021, Reception children are required to complete a Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA). The RBA will be a short task-based assessment carried out with your child’s class teacher. Pupils will use practical resources to complete these tasks and teachers will record the results on a laptop, computer or tablet.
These assessments provides a snapshot of where pupils are when they arrive at school. It will provide a starting point to measure the progress schools make with their pupils between reception and the end of primary school.
Your child’s teacher is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in English, maths and science, by the end of key stage 1. To help inform those judgements, pupils sit national curriculum tests in English and maths, commonly called SATs. They may also sit an optional test in English grammar, punctuation and spelling.
The tests are a tool for teachers to help them measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they move into key stage 2. They also allow teachers to see how your child is performing against national expected standards. The tests can be taken any time during May and they are not strictly timed.
Pupils may not even know they are taking them as many teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom activities.
Year 4 – Multiplication Tables Checks
In the summer term of Year 4, your child will complete a Multiplication Table Check (MTC).
The MTC is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. Your child will answer 3 practice questions before moving on to the official check and will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
Years 6 – SATS Tests
If you have a child in year 6, at the end of key stage 2, they will take national curriculum tests in English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spellingand 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.
The key stage 2 tests will be taken on set dates unless your child is absent, in which case they may be able to take them up to 5 school days afterwards.
At the end of the summer term you will receive test results for:
• English grammar, punctuation and spelling
• English reading
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 teacher assessment judgements for English reading, mathematics and science.
You can find the school’s past results in below as well as access to the school’s performance tables (including the average progress made by pupils in Reading, Writing and Maths between KS1 and KS2) issued by the Department of Education.