Key stage 1 tests: access arrangements

Guidance for schools about access arrangements available for pupils participating in 2019 key stage 1 national curriculum tests (commonly called SATs).


Key stage 1: 2019 access arrangements guidance


Some pupils with specific needs may need additional arrangements so they can take part in key stage 1 tests.

Types of support include:

  • additional time to complete the tests
  • the use of scribes, readers, word processors or other technical or electronic aids
  • written or oral translations and making transcripts
  • modifications of test papers and the use of accessibility objects in the mathematics test
  • compensatory marks for spelling
  • the use of prompts and rest breaks
  • administering the tests to pupils who are absent on the planned day
  • administering the tests at an alternative location

Schools must consider whether any of their pupils will need access arrangements before they administer the tests.

Published 4 December 2017
Last updated 10 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance for the 2019 test cycle.
  2. First published.