What happens if my child is ill on the day of the SATs test?

It’s not unusual for some children to feel a little sick with nerves on the day. Normally schools will encourage you to send your child in for the test .  Where children are genuinely ill but only in a minor way, e.g. a cold, then schools will often organise them to take the test away from other children. Where there is a genuine case of real illness then schools do have the option of organising for children to sit the test on a different day.

At this point we would say that if children are ‘worried ill’ rather than actually ill, then putting off the test won’t really help them, they’ll have to sit it at some point.

By preparing well in advance by using our preparation guides and books, then your child should feel ready for the actual test and it will not seem so scary.


In addition, we have a range of free KS2 English and Maths Worksheets

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