Has your child recently completed their SATs? Are you now looking at their results questioning if they are ‘good’ or not? I have had many a similar conversation with parents over the last few weeks. Emails that say my child got this – is it good? What is average?

This blog is here to help you understand your child’s results and what this means for them going forwards.

The Facts

Firstly, The SATs tests are marked at the end of May and early June. All results are collated, and the government looks at what is the average score based on the overall mark for each paper. These are then converted into conversion tables where each mark is given a standardise score.

The average score is always 100, any below this is deemed to be at ‘not an age-related level’ and above this ‘greater depth’. However, I have seen many children score, just below the standard 100 mark and they are equally as capable as those children who reached the average score.

Why are SATs important?

SATs are used to monitor the progress of children during their primary school years. It is also a way of checking that they are learning the government set syllabus and meeting what ‘experts’ deem to be the appropriate knowledge at this age. Furthermore, the SATs test results are used to group children in secondary school and predict their GCSE results. Therefore, if your child scored a 100 in the SATs then they would be expected to get a 4 or 5 (the old C grade) at GCSE. If your child scored higher than 100 then it indicates their potential for a higher GCSE grade.

However, this is not always the case as a lot can happen in our lives between the ages of 11 and 16 and any number of events could hinder their learning. Furthermore, on the other side of this some children may not reach their full potential until their secondary years and then suddenly develop an interest and love of learning consequently achieving higher than maybe originally predicted.

In Conclusion

The SATs have always been a highly controversial topic but if your child took them this year, understanding them and their success is extremely important, so I hope this information has helped to enlightened you.

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The Conversion Table

This table below shows the raw score against the scaled score. 100, in the Scaled Score column, is considered to be average.

Reading 2023:

Reading scaled score 2023  

SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) 2023:

SPAG scaled score 2023

Maths 2023:

Maths scaled score 2023Maths scaled score 2023    

   Maths scaled score 2023

 Data taken from Gov.uk


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