2016 Key Stage 1 SPAG tests cancelled

For many parents with school-age children, education can seem a quagmire of acronyms. Key Stage 1 refers to Year 1 and Year 2 in English and Welsh primary schools; in other words, children of 5-7 years of age. At the end of Key Stage 1, children are assessed in maths, reading and writing, speaking and listening. Some of these tests are official tests and all children will sit the same test across the country. However, although these tests are set externally, they are marked by the child’s teacher. Writing, speaking and listening are teacher-set and teacher assessed.

New for this current year are the SPAG tests – Spelling, Punctuation And Grammar. You may find that if you have a Year 2 child, then he or she may have already practised some of these papers in class already. The spelling component consists of a spelling test of 20 words which takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The punctuation and grammar test consists of a mix of questions, including multiple choice answers and circling the correct words or writing short answers.

However, a week ago, the Government has removed the requirement for schools to set the Key Stage 1 SPAG test, for this year only, as the SATS spelling paper had accidentally been made available on the Department of Education website, prior to the test date.