KS3 Revision Advice

Although the SATs exams have been abolished for Key Stage 3, there is a formal test when your child reaches the end of this stage, when he/she reaches the age of 14. The tests for KS3 will cover:

  • English (including reading, writing and studying a Shakespeare play)
  • Mathematics (including mental arithmetic)
  • Sciences

For students and parents alike, KS3 revision can be a stressful time. We have put together a few helpful hints below.

How parents can help

When your child is going through the test period for KS3, it can be very hard to know what to do. You know you should help them with their revision but are maybe unsure as to how to go about it. Here are a few tips on how to encourage your child, we hope you find them useful.

Every child should feel a sense of achievement for working hard for the KS3 revision. Try not to bribe them with presents but instead fill them with confidence when you know they have done their best.

Encourage your child to concentrate on their own KS3 performance rather than comparing their results to others.

Keep in mind that failure can in some circumstances be motivating - see it as a chance to encourage your child to improve revision for next time.

The main thing to remember is to appreciate progress not perfection!

Look through a practice paper together and talk through the answers. Try drawing or acting out answers of difficult concepts such as fractions. Approach a subject from lots of different angles. Software, games, activities, books, flash cards and practical applications all help – make the revision time at home as fun and interactive as possible.

Advice for the student

To maximise your child's chance of reaching a good level at the end of the KS3 stage, we have also created a KS3 revision guide for students.