Pre-SATs planning checklist to help the nerves!

This pre-SATs planning checklist from Claire Lotriet can be passed on even though governors do not get involved in SATs other than maybe helping with the administration. Having a plan can help quell the nerves!
pre-SATs planning

It is easy to miss the obvious things, so make sure you have these eight things covered, says this assistant headteacher
1. Read the ARA
Although the Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA)  isn’t exactly light reading, it is required reading for anyone organising and involved with Sats. The key stage one this year is 58 pages long so I recommended reading it in sections to make it more digestible.
2. Be clear about who is going to be where on each day 
Creating a timetable to show which children and adults are going to be in each room is useful. This is particularly relevant if you have some children who are entitled to additional time or a reader, for example, and it might make more sense to have them in different rooms.
3. Count your equipment! 
Essentially, make sure you have enough of the equipment children need access to – this mainly applies to the maths reasoning papers – and a few spares besides. So, it is pencils, rulers, protractors & such
4. Check your school’s DfE number
Find it because you need to know it so all the children can write it on the front of their test papers.
5. Brief the adults who are going to be helping 
Make sure they are clear about what assistance they can give and what they can’t.
6. Talking of adults – make sure you have enough
And leave at least one ‘floating’, if you can, for any unforeseen circumstances, such as a child becoming ill during the test (it can happen).
7. Put the dates in your diary
Sometimes it’s the most simple stuff we overlook! Make sure you know what week is Sats week and what test has to be administered on what day – heads up, the usual order has been switched this year and the EGPS is going first, whereas in the past it’s always been reading.
8. Prepare for the unexpected
Mostly, it all goes without a fuss but now and again something happens like a child turning up on the Monday of Sats week with a broken arm, now needing a scribe. You need to be ready to take a breath and sort out what needs sorting.


Having a plan is always good. Have you got your

pre-SATs planning sorted?


Claire Lotriet is an assistant headteacher at Henwick Primary School in London. She is a Tes leadership columnist and tweets @OhLottie

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