Standard Assessment Tests (SATs)
SATs tests are compulsory national tests for primary school pupils. All state primary pupils in England are tested at the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) and Key Stage 2 (year 6).
Key Stage 1 SATs take place at the end of the infants stage in the May of year 2. The assessments are carried out by the child’s teacher and evaluate ability in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, maths (number, shape, space and measurement) and science. The teacher will set short pieces of work in English and maths to support the evaluation process. For more information download a .pdf presentation here.
Key Stage 2 SATs are a more formal process than key Stage 1 and take place in the May of year 6. The tests cover the three core subjects, English, maths and science. The papers are sent away to be marked externally with results being available before your child leaves primary school in July. For more information download a .pdf presentation here.
The Department for Education (DfE) produces a yearly 'schools performance table', to enable comparison of similar schools and more - you can access the web page here.