DfE Primary Assessment Consultation

In September 2017 the DfE published their responses to the primary assessment consultation that began in March and ran for 12 weeks until 22nd June. Here is a summary of our findings from the document.

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  • The government will review the alignment of literacy and numeracy in EYFS to Key Stage 1
  • They will also consider an extra ‘emerging’ code for SEN pupils at the end of reception


  • The government Intend to develop a new reception baseline as a statutory assessment by 2020
  • The Standards & Testing Agency will shortly be engaging a commercial partner for this but a single supplier will be used this time
  • This will mean 2 statutory assessments for pupils in Reception
  • Quote “We want to be very clear about the limited purpose and use of data from the new baseline assessment. Its purpose will be to establish pupils’ prior attainment as the starting point for calculating progress measures when pupils reach the end of key stage 2. As now, the progress measures and the results of the new assessment would need to have a correlation with end of key stage 2 assessments at a cohort level. They would not be used to judge, label, or track individual pupil progress, to set targets for them to reach, to ‘predict’ the key stage 2 results of individual pupils, or assume that they make linear progress. Furthermore, the data would not be used in any way to measure performance in early years or to hold early years practitioners to account…The new reception baseline will only be used seven years later to make the progress measure at the end of primary school.”
  • The baseline assessment will take place in the first half of the Autumn term for Reception pupils – or 6 weeks after starting if they join Reception later in the year


  • For the time being Key Stage 1 will continue to be used as the baseline for primary school progress
  • Once the new baseline is implemented, Key Stage 1 would become non-statutory for all through-primary schools, if possible from 2022-23 onwards
  • Quote “In the summer of 2022, the first cohort of pupils to have sat the new reception baseline assessment will reach the end of key stage 1. Having data from a cohort of pupils who have sat both reception and key stage 1 assessments will enable us to evaluate the correlation between the two assessments and provide assurance that the new reception baseline provides a sufficiently strong correlation to key stage 2.”
  • They are taking more time to consider the accountability arrangements for infant, middle and junior schools and will provide an update in January 2018

Key Stage 2

  • The government will remove the statutory requirement to report teacher assessments for Reading and Maths at the end of KS2 from 2018-19 onwards, to reduce the burden on schools
  • There is ongoing work to see whether there is a more flexible approach to assessing Writing
  • This does not undermine ongoing teacher assessment in schools
  • Where pupils are working below the standard of national curriculum tests, teachers will continue to have a statutory requirement to assess pupils using the interim pre-key stage standards and to report these judgements.

Times Tables check

  • This will take place at the end of Year 4 to correspond with the point in the national curriculum where pupils are expected to know their times tables
  • It will be administered online and there will be a window for pupils to be assessed
  • The times tables check will become statutory from 2019-20 onwards

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