During May in the final year of Key Stage 2, children undertake National Curriculum Tests (commonly known as SATs) in English andMathematics. Science tests are taken by a selected sample of schools to monitor national performance in science. In recent times, a sample of pupils, as opposed to a sample of schools, will be drawn to sit the science tests. Because the science sampling tests are to collect evidence on national performance, schools and pupils will not receive results. From 2014, the science sampling tests will be taken biennially, rather than every year.
The tests provide records of attainment in English reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling, and mathematics.
As opposed to the past, writing is now assessed by teachers and is no longer part of the National Curriculum tests. In addition, teachers are required to provide teacher assessments in the subjects above.