Key stage 1 tests: access arrangements

Guidance for schools about access arrangements available for pupils participating in 2020 key stage 1 national curriculum tests (commonly called SATs).



The 2021 national curriculum assessments, including key stage 1 tests, have been cancelled.

Arrangements for 2021/22 will be published in the autumn term.

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
  • adaptations of test papers
  • compensatory marks for spelling
  • the use of scribes, word processors or other technical or electronic aids
  • making a transcript
  • written or oral translations
  • readers
  • the use of prompts and rest breaks
  • accessibility objects in the mathematics test
  • highlighter pens
  • 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 17 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the 2020 test cycle.

  2. Updated guidance for the 2019 test cycle.

  3. First published.