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Year 2 SEN and SATs

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Mercedes, May 18, 2016.

  1. Mercedes

    Mercedes New commenter

    I have a child with SEN and I'm not sure if I can withdraw him from the SATs tests. He came from a private school to my state school 2 months ago and his reading, writing and maths is so poor I don't think he'll be able to access any of them. Do I start him with each one and stop him after a couple of questions or can I withdraw him completely from the tests?
    Thanks in anticipation of replies
  2. bigwig2404

    bigwig2404 New commenter

    I have tried to copy and paste the information from the KS1 assessment and reporting document.Does this help?
    I have two with SEN in my class. One could access with a scribe but the other hasn't sat the tests.

    5.1 Participating pupils

    Pupils must take the KS1 tests if they:

    • have completed the programme of study for KS1
    • are considered to be working at the standard of the test
    The tests are designed to be used with all pupils at the appropriate standard. There will be some pupils who will be working below the ‘expected standard’ of the test, who will not achieve a scaled score of 100, but who should still take the tests. Teachers should use their knowledge of each pupil to decide whether to administer the tests to them. They may use the sample materials to help inform these decisions.

    Pupils that shouldn’t take the tests
    Teachers shouldn’t use the tests with pupils who:

    • are working below the standard of the tests
    • are unable to participate in the tests using suitable access arrangements
    Headteachers should decide whether it is appropriate for each of their pupils to take the tests. The headteacher’s decision regarding participation is final.

    If a school decides not to enter a pupil for the tests or if a teacher does not have evidence that a pupil consistently meets all the statements in the lowest standards in the interim teacher assessment frameworks, the interim pre-key stage standardshould be used to provide a statutory assessment outcome for the pupil and any reasonable adjustments which reflect usual classroom practice may remain for teacher assessment.

    It is important to note that because the standard of the easiest questions remains the same as on previous tests, we are not expecting any significant increase in the number of pupils not sitting the tests. If pupils are able to answer the easiest questions, they should be entered for the tests.

    Decisions on participation in the tests
    Headteachers can make final decisions about participation in the tests.

    As part of the decision-making process, headteachers should:

    • discuss the pupil’s circumstances and needs with their parents and teachers
    • if appropriate, consult with educational psychologists, medical officers or other specialist staff
    If a headteacher decides a pupil shouldn’t take one or more of the tests they should explain this decision to the parents. They should also write a report which:

    • explains why the pupil can’t take some or all of the tests
    • refers to any action the school has already taken or special support the pupil has been offered
    • identifies any procedures that they’ve used to analyse and monitor the pupil’s needs and indicate where the information is recorded
    • identifies whether these circumstances are likely to be long term or short term
    A copy of the report must be sent to the:

    • pupil’s parents
    • chair of the governing body
    Details of the parents’ right to appeal the decision should be included with the report. If a headteacher believes that a parent may have difficulty in understanding the report, they may offer appropriate assistance.

    A copy of the report should be placed on the pupil’s educational record.
    Mercedes likes this.

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