Assessment and SATS


Effective assessment of children’s progress throughout primary school is at the heart of teaching and learning and we believe it is hugely important that both the child and their parents are given feedback.

Teachers at Clayton Village Primary School undertake a variety of assessment methods for children throughout their schooling, in order to ensure that they are progressing well and meeting their full potential.  We ensure that our assessment methods are a natural part of classroom practice and in this way create a space for children’s voices to be heard about how and what they are learning.

There are, however, specific points within the primary phase when teachers are required to carry out standardised tests which are a statutory requirement.  Results from these will be reported to both parents and the Department of Education.  Parents can find out more about how our school compares nationally by going to

As of September 2015, the Department for Education have stated that schools will no longer be using levels to assess children’s ability and progress in any subject. To find out more about Assessment after Levels and how we assess progress and attainment at CVPS then please click on the hyper link below.

Assessment Guide CVPS

Summary of Assessment CVPS


From September 2015 all Reception teachers will now complete a reception baseline assessment in the first half term of the reception year. At CVPS we will be using The Early Excellence Baseline which offers a principled approach to on entry assessment. Practitioners will use everyday practice to build their knowledge of each child through their observations, interactions and everyday activities. They will use their professional knowledge to make a series of judgements about each child based on a clear set of assessment criteria.

All Reception teachers complete an EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) profile for each child in their final term of Reception.  The primary focus of the EYFS profile is to provide an accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the EYFS which measures their attainment against a set of Early Learning Goals.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that we can track pupils until they are able to decode.  This test will take place during the month of June.

Assessment at Key Stage 1

KS1 national curriculum tests will be administered during the month of May 2022. It is essential that all children in Year 2 are in school during this month.

The tests consist of:

  • English reading Paper 1: combined reading prompt and answer booklet
  • English reading Paper 2: reading booklet and reading answer booklet
  • Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic
  • Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

There won’t be any test-based assessment of writing as part of the KS1 tests. This will be done through teacher assessment.

Assessment at Key Stage 2

KS2 national curriculum tests will be administered in the week commencing 8th May 2023.

There will be only be 1 set of tests for each subject. The tests will include a small number of questions designed to assess the most able pupils so separate tests, such as the previous level 6 these, are no longer required.

The mental maths test has been replaced with an arithmetic test.

The KS2 tests consist of:

English reading: reading booklet and associated answer booklet

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: short answer questions

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Mathematics Paper 1: arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: reasoning

Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning

Test dates

The 2023 Key Stage 2 tests will take place from 9-12th May. It is essential that all children in Year 6 are in school during this week.

Date Tests
Mon 8th May 2023 Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar – Paper 1

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar – Paper 2

Tues 9th May 2023 English Reading
Wed 10th May 2023 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)

Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)

Thurs 11th May 2023 Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)