Children due to leave primary school next summer will still have to take their SATs – but results won’t be published in league tables.
Schools can also adopt a more ‘flexible’ approach, with the timetable for administering key stage two tests extended by a week until May 26.
It forms part of a flurry of exam announcements made by the Government today.
Ministers have also revealed key stage one tests for seven-year-olds in 2021 are set to be ‘removed’ due to the pandemic. These tests are normally taken to inform teachers’ overall judgements of children’s abilities in reading, writing and maths.
Schools will still have to submit some teacher assessment data to the Department for Education, although it’s not clear how this will work.
Grammar, punctuation and spelling tests for Year 2 and Year 6 classes are also being shelved next summer.
The National Education Union (NEU), which has long campaigned for SATs to be scrapped altogether, said today’s announcement doesn’t go far enough.
Its joint general secretary Mary Bousted said: “Keeping most key stage two tests in place will mean that, in many schools, they will continue to be the focus of Year 6 teaching.
“The Government has not recovered from its addiction to testing, and children will pay the price.”
SATs in 2020 were cancelled as a result of the national lockdown.