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National Curriculum Tests

From 2016 all Year 6 children will be taking the new National Curriculum tests. Arrangements are similar to previous years SATs tests with the key difference being as follows;


  • The new national curriculum were assessed for the first time in May 2016. Setting a higher bar of expectation.
  • Test outcomes will no longer be reported using levels. Scaled scores will be used instead (100 being the ‘expected standard’ with test raw scores converted).
  • 1 set of tests for each subject. They will include a small number of questions designed to assess the most able pupils, so separate level 6 tests are no longer required.
  • An arithmetic test now replaces the mental mathematics test.
  • We may be selected to take science sample tests in June. Tests are administered in selected schools by external administrators. Participation is statutory if selected.


The test week schedule for 2017 is set out below;


  • Monday 8 May

English reading test (1 hour, 50 marks)

  • Tuesday 9 May

English grammar, punctuation and spelling test

Paper 1: short answer questions (45 min, 50 marks)

Paper 2: Spelling (approx’ 15 min, 20 marks)

  • Wednesday 10 May

Mathematics test

Paper 1: arithmetic (30 min, 40 marks)

Paper 2: reasoning (40 min, 35 marks)

  • Thursday 11 May

Mathematics test

Paper 3: reasoning (40 min, 35 marks)


Please see the left hand toolbar to  download sample papers by clicking on the relevant button. Our children do take these papers earlier in the year in preparation for the new tests


Teachers also have to submit their assessments based on a set of interim criteria. This interim criteria will continue to be used up until and including the 2017-18 academic year. Teacher assessments are vital because;

  • Provide a long term overview rather than a snapshot in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science.
  • Based on national curriculum objectives that are built into planning and assessment rather than a score.
  • For this year only for year 6 DFE released in September ‘Interim teacher assessment framework’.
  • Ensures teachers are fully aware of what children CAN do and what their NEXT STEPS are throughout the year.
  • Focus on ongoing LEARNING and PROGRESS.
  • Final teacher assessments have to be made by Friday 30 June 2016 giving approximately an extra 6 weeks of children’s learning to take into consideration.
  • No levels, but now; ‘Working towards…’, ‘Working at…’ or ‘Working at greater depth within…’ ….the expected standard. (ESS Target Tracker)


To view the ‘Interim teacher assessment framework’ please click on the link below:

Sample papers provided by the DFE