What is the Impact on Children Not Doing KS2 SATs?

It’s KS2 SATs week; Well it should be! As with a lot of life right now, everything is a bit upside down. Not only are children not in school but they are also missing some key milestones within their education. There is a lot of debate about what should happen to children who are going to have a gap in their education. Today though we’re going to examine the possible impacts of missing the KS2 SATs.

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Whether children go back before September or not, any child going into Year 7 would normally have a standardised examination by which their new school can adjust their place within classes. Without this step, it could be difficult for these adjustments to take place and this could mean that schools have to settle these classes back out later.

Children’s Mental Wellbeing

There are a lot of discussions when it comes to KS2 SATs about the pressure it places on children to perform to a certain level. This can affect their mental wellbeing and puts pressure on them which some pupils, often those who aren’t particularly academic. There is also the impact that it has on teachers, as pressure is placed for them to get the children performing at a high level resulting in the neglect of other subjects.

On the flip side, there will be some children who will be disappointed to miss out on taking part in the KS2 SATs. They will have been preparing for them for a few months and will now not get the opportunity to test their knowledge.

Exam Room Discipline

Children who attend Smart 11+ Tuition will already have sat the 11+ under exam conditions in the previous September, but for many children, this would be the first real taste of what is a significant part of their education journey for the next 6 years. This is a valuable early experience which they will now not get. The next time they are likely to sit an exam is the SATs in Year 9, which is getting on for when many will be doing some of their GCSE exams. The earlier that children experience exam conditions, the easier it is to spot any areas for improvement to work on over the intervening years.


If you are a parent at Smart 11+ Tuition Harborne, Smart 11+ Tuition Solihull or Smart 11+ Tuition Sutton Coldfield and have any questions about the missed tests, please contact us on learn@smart11plus.co.uk.