Sats results 2019: how did you do?

The wait is over. The KS2 Sats results went back to schools today and headteachers were ready for them

pupils at school

The KS2 Sats results went back to schools today, and teachers and school leaders were up early to discover how their pupils had done.

Around 600,000 10- and 11-year-olds took tests in reading, maths and spelling, grammar and punctuation (Spag) in May. Pupils' writing is assessed by their teachers.


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This year’s maths test was seen as particularly tricky, with reports that some children were left in tears. This morning, it was revealed that the score needed to reach the expected standard in maths was three marks lower than last year.

But there was good news for some schools, who posted congratulations to pupils and staff on social media.

The results are returned to schools at 7.30am – and some teachers and heads shared their thoughts during the wait.

It is the second year that they have been released at 7.30am – before 2018, the results were released at midnight.

To get the results, schools log on to a secure website known as NCA Tools.

Meaning the website has to cope with a lot of traffic.

Schools can decide when they give the results to pupils. A Tes Twitter poll last year found that 43 per cent told pupils the results straightaway, with 33 per cent leaving it a few days and 16 per cent in the last week of term. There were also 8 per cent who answered ‘other’.

Last year, 64 per cent of pupils reached the expected standard in reading, maths and writing. 

The national results are due to be published at 9.30am.

The results came out as the NEU teaching union revealed that 97 per cent of primary school teachers would support a campaign against Sats. More than 54,500 members returned papers in an indicative ballot held last month.

The school standards minister Nick Gibb responded to the poll saying: "Abolishing these tests would be a terrible, retrograde step. It would enormously damage our education system, and undo decades of improvement in children’s reading and maths."

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