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Changes To Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Tests From 2016

The recent changes to the national curriculum will result in new testing arrangements in May 2016.

Students who start Year 6 in September 2015 will be the first to join the new Year 6 curriculum, so they will be the first to use the new tests (known informally as the Key Stage 2 SATs).

2018 Key Stage 2 SATs dates: The new tests have been scheduled for the week commencing 14th May 2018.

For the most part, the new Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests will remain very similar to the current tests. As with the 2015 Key Stage 2 SATs, the new tests will consist of mathematics tests, a reading test and grammar, punctuation and spelling tests. The formats will also be very similar.

The main changes to the Key Stage 2 curriculum tests that are of note are as follows:
  • There will no longer be any "extended papers" (equivalent to current Level 6 papers)

  • The mental arithmetic paper will be replaced by an "Arithmetic Paper". The difference here is that the questions will not be read out on an audio recording. Instead, the questions will be written on the paper (with squared paper response boxes to allow for calculations). Most questions will be worth 1 mark but longer calculations, such as long multiplication, will be worth 2 marks.

  • The reporting will change. As the use of levels (such as 2a, 3b, 4c) has been discontinued, they will now be using a scaled scoring system to standardise the results.

Find out more about the changes to the Key Stage 2 SATs exams from 2016:

Key Stage 2 Results and Reporting from 2016
Key Stage 2 Mathematics Tests from 2016
Key Stage 2 Reading Tests from 2016
Key Stage 2 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Tests from 2016
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