Exams

Key stage 2 SATS: 59% achieve ‘expected standard’ as maths and writing plunge

Results drop to lowest levels since 2016 after Covid disruption, but silver lining as reading improves

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Exams, Schools

‘Shambles’: Heads wait hours for SATs results as Capita portal crashes

Leaders waiting since 7.30am say delays 'completely unacceptable', as national statistics website also goes down

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Exams

Scaled scores for 2022 key stage 2 SATs announced

DfE publishes marks pupils need to meet the 'expected' standard

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

Capita pauses SATs marking for nearly two days

Firm halted marking to scan more test scripts

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
SATs

‘Soul destroying’: SATs markers say pay slashed under Capita

Markers paid as little as 4p for each batch of questions

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
SATs, Schools

Markers locked out of Capita’s SATs webinar

The firm has apologised after teachers were left waiting for hours

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Covid

SATs: No ‘special consideration’ for Covid disruption

Special consideration will not apply when a key stage 2 pupil 'has been affected by illness or other issues...

James Carr
James Carr
Schools

Schools white paper: New key stage 3 benchmarking tests

The digital tests will provide an 'understanding of national performance'

James Carr
James Carr
SATs

DfE won’t say when KS1 SATs will be scrapped

Doubts cast on plans to make tests non-statutory from next year after government pencils-in dates for 2024

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker