KS1 Statutory assessments

What do teacher assessments need to consider?

When making a teacher assessment, teachers must consider children’s SATs results in English reading and mathematics, and written, practical and oral classwork.  

Teachers must make their teacher assessment judgements using the following:

  • for children working at the standard of national curriculum assessments – teacher assessment frameworks in English reading, English writing, mathematics and science should be used

  • for children working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and engaged in subject-specific study – pre-key stage standards in English reading, English writing and mathematics should be used

  • for children working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and not yet engaged in subject-specific study – the engagement model should be used


Evidence for teacher assessments should come from children’s day-to-day work. Types of evidence will vary and children’s books will often contain all the evidence needed. Additional sources of evidence may include projects, assessment notes (such as guided reading records, phonics records, and notes on mathematics exercises) and classroom tests and assessments.

May 2023 Key stage 1 test period
•Key Stage 1 SATs take place nationally in the month of May.
•There are no tests administered in science. 
•All tests are internally marked. 
• writing will be teacher assessed internally and moderated in the year group.
•Testing is low key to ensure children are not worried or anxious about taking them.
Overview of test papers:
•Reading Paper 1 - consists of a combined reading prompt and answer booklet. The test takes approximately 30 minutes.
• •Reading Paper 2 - consists of an answer booklet and a separate reading booklet. It contains more challenging texts than Paper 1. The test takes approximately 40 minutes.
• •Maths Paper 1 - arithmetic consists of a single test paper and takes approximately 20 minutes.
• •Maths Paper 2 - reasoning consists of a single test paper and takes approximately 35 minutes. The paper includes a practice question and 5 aural questions. After the aural questions, the time allowed for the remainder of the paper should be around 30 minutes.
• •GPS Paper 1 - spelling consists of a test transcript to be read by the test administrator and an answer booklet for pupils to write 20 spellings. The paper takes approximately 15 minutes.
• •GPS Paper 2 - questions is a combined question and answer booklet focusing on pupils’ knowledge of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. The paper takes approximately 20 minutes.
How can you help at home?
•First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and they should always just try their best.
• •Help your child with reading, listen to them read and focus on bringing out a ‘love of reading’.  Also reading stories to your child allows them to develop language, listening skills and comprehension.   Encourage making predictions of what might happen next.
• •Help your child with writing, support with weekly spellings.  Write together to make shopping lists and letter writing.
• •Help your child with maths, play times table games.  Encourage them to help with cooking, weighing and measuring ingredients.  Work out what time it is together.  Provide opportunities for your child to pay for things in a shop, to work out how much things cost and how much change will be needed.