My eight-point pre-Sats checklist

It is easy to miss the obvious things, so make sure you have these eight things covered, says this assistant headteacher in Tes.

1. Read the ARA

Now, let’s be honest: when I talk about curling up with a good book, the Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA) tome isn’t exactly what comes to mind, but 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 – both children and adults

You might think about creating a timetable to show which children and adults are going to be in each room. 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.

7. Put the dates in your diary

I know, I know, but 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.

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Any more ideas for the checklist? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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