What are UK SAT Exams?

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In the UK children are expected to sit what are known as SATs exams in year 2 and prior to their move to secondary school in year 6. They are used to determine their academic ability and comparatively against one another to measure school performance. They look specifically at the areas of maths, reading, and grammar, punctuation, and spelling (GPS). If you’re a parent looking for ways in which to support your child through their SATs, we have created a brief guide to share all that you need to know.


What Does SATs Stand For?

SATs stands for Standard Assessment Tests.


What Support Is There for Children in The Lead Up to Their SATs?

Many schools have SATs revision that they offer in the form of a “SATs Club” and it takes place outside of the school day. Outside of this of course, they will need to do revision at home and the sooner that they start, the easier their exams will be.


Sets and Secondary School

The results of their SATs will be used to determine where they are placed in secondary school. They work on a “set” system which groups students according to their ability. This is to make sure that all students receive the right level of support and are challenged in the way that they should be.


How Can I Help My Child with Their SATs

Having exams coming up can be stressful to say the least. While they are important, you should avoid putting too much pressure on your child. Make sure to allow them time to just be children and strike a balance between studying and having fun. 


Independent study isn’t the easiest thing to do as you don’t have a teacher there to support you and must motivate yourself. Any support that you can offer will help them tremendously, whether that is through explaining concepts or just listening to them.


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