Sats 2021: Dates, timetables and key information 

When do the 2021 Sats results come out? Get up to speed on the KS1 and KS2 Sats tests

Grainne Hallahan

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Key Dates Sats 2021

KS1 Sats have been suspended for 2021.

The phonics screening check should be administered week beginning Monday 7 June 2021.

KS2 Sats have now also been suspended.

KS2 Sats would have taken place on the dates below:

Date Activity
Monday 10 May 2021 English reading
Tuesday 11 May 2021 Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Wednesday 12 May 2021 Mathematics paper 3

If schools wish to still administer the optional multiplication tables check, they can do so within the 3-week period from Monday 7 June 2021.

Sats results 2021

Sats results for key stage 2 pupils are usually released to schools in July. In 2019, they were released to schools on 9 July. The papers having been marked by external examiners, the raw marks will be converted into scaled scores and then made available to parents.​

KS1 Sats are marked internally by schools and marks will be made available to parents by the class teacher. It’s best to contact your school to find out when these marks will be available.


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Releasing the Sats scores

At KS1, parents will be told the results of the tests in English, mathematics and science. There must be an explanation of how their child’s results compare to the other pupils at the school, and how their child’s results compare nationally.

At KS2, parents will be told pupils' test results and scaled scores, and whether or not the pupil is meeting the expected standard. In addition to this, schools will share how the school’s results compare to the national average.

What do the Sats scores mean?

Pupils’ marks are converted from a raw score (the total number of marks that a pupil received), to something called a “scaled score”. This means that the mark is processed to account for the small variations in difficulty that occur between exams year on year. This makes it possible to compare the performance of different cohorts of pupils across different years.

A scaled score of 100 or more means that the student has met the expected standard in the test.

Here you can find a table explaining how scores are converted from raw scores to scaled scores.

How do you appeal a KS2 Sats score?

If a school believes that a pupil has been incorrectly marked, or there has been a clerical error, it can apply for a review of marking. This has to be done by Friday 20 July 2019. Schools will then be informed of the outcome of the review by 12 September 2019.

There are two types of review you can ask for: a marking review query, and a clerical review query.

  • A marking review query can be requested if a teacher feels that there is a discrepancy between the marks on the pupil’s paper, and the published mark scheme. If you request a review the mark can go up or down. There is a £9 charge for a marking review.
  • A clerical review query can be requested if you believe there to be a clerical error, for example, incorrect addition of the marks. There is a £5 charge for a clerical review.

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Reviews are free if there is a change to the pupil either achieving or not achieving the expected standard, or a change of two or more marks to the raw score. If a review does not result in any of these outcomes then schools will pay the charges outlined above.

What happens to students who don’t meet the expected standard?

For students who do not meet the expected standard in Year 6, there is a literacy and numeracy catch-up premium given to state-funded schools (including special schools and alternative provision settings) to provide additional funding for support in reading and/or maths.

Schools can provide pupils who require extra help with individual tuition, small group tuition or summer school places.

How is Sats data used?

The scores from the KS2 Sats are used by secondary schools to calculate a student’s Progress 8 score.

The data is also used by local authorities and Ofsted to measure school attainment.

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Grainne Hallahan

Grainne Hallahan

Grainne Hallahan is Tes recruitment editor and senior content writer at Tes

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