SATs preparation and support classes
Many students continue to struggle at school, with very little help offered to prepare for their SATs examinations. Having pioneered a successful campaign to provide educational support to students in the form of weekend classes and summer school clubs, EducateFirst now aims to extend its range of services by offering SATs classes, which will commence in March 2013 across all our tuition centres (currently in Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford and Dewsbury). These classes are designed to ensure your child has the necessary skills and knowledge to perform well in their SATs.
EducateFirst‘s SATs revision programme will start in March 2013 at centres in Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford and Dewsbury. There will be limited places available, so register for classes early. Click here to register.
What are SATs?
SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are usually given at the end of year 2, year 6 and year 9 and is compulsory for all students. SATs are designed to show your child’s progress compared with other children born in the same month. The mean (average) score for each age group on an assessment is set at 100 and the standard deviation at 15. For any age group a given numerical value has the same meaning in terms of standing relative to the group. For example, an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old, each of whom has a standard age score of 105, have performed equally well in relation to the average for their respective age groups.
Key Stage 1
The test take place near the end of Year 2 (in the month of May). The teacher assesses each child in their ability to read, write (including spelling and handwriting), Maths (including number, shape, space and measurement) and Science topics. Short pieces of work are set for the child in English and Maths designed to determine what level of ability your child is considered to be.
Key Stage 2
The tests take pace in Year 6, usually in the month of May. These tests are more formal than those in Key Stage 1 and can often be a stressful time for both children and parents. The tests cover the three core subjects, Maths, English and Science. Very bright children may be assessed by teachers to see if they can reach higher levels. Test results are usually available before your child leaves primary school in July.
Key Stage 3 teacher assessments
The Key Stage 3 teacher assessments for 14 year olds covers a range of subjects, but please note that our classes only cover the first three core subject in the list below:
- – Maths
- – English
- – Science
- – History
- – Geography
- – Modern foreign languages
- – Design and technology
- – Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- – Art and design
- – Music
- – Physical education (PE)
- – Citizenship
- – Religious education (RE)
In most cases, children at the age of 14 are expected to achieve level 5.
The SATs exams cover work done in Maths, English and Science during years 7 to 9. Results from these tests are often used to decide which GSCE (Key Stage 4) set your child will be placed in for each subject.
Here is a simple table to show you the expectations of a child:
Level W – Working towards level 1, very weak
Level 1 – Average for a typical 5 year old
Level 2 – Average for a typical 7 year old
Level 3 – Average for a typical 9 year old
Level 4 – Average for a typical 11 year old
Level 5 – Average for a typical 13 year old
Level 6 – Average for a typical 14 year old
Level 7 – Above average for typical 14 year old
Level 8 – Only available in Maths
A child in Year 6 (Key Stage 2) who achieves a level 4 in their SATs is very good. Level 5 indicates a very able or gifted child, while level 3 is below average – in such cases you and the class teacher should work together to identify what can be done to improve the child’s confidence and a desire to learn.
Bands (a to c) may also be given within the achieved levels (1 to 8). This simply indicates a range within the level, with ‘a’ being the highest and ‘c’ being the lowest.
Great emphasis is put of SATs and the results can impact on your future subject options and GCSE and beyond. It is therefore important to focus and work hard for these tests. EducateFirst is here to provide further assistance should you need it.