28th May 

Government Publication: National curriculum assessments: practice materials

Practice materials for the phonics screening check, key stage 1 and key stage 2 national curriculum tests, including past test papers. Find them all here


28th May 

Government Publication: Key stage 1: submitting teacher assessment data

Instructions for headteachers and local authorities about reporting key stage 1 teacher assessment data in 2019. Find it here


21st May 

News article: Fortnight to decide on Sats as union sets ballot date

The TES reports that the NEU teaching union has announced 4 June as date for indicative ballot on boycott of controversial Sats tests. This follows NEU’s annual conference in Liverpool, where Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation when he announced that his party would abolish Sats. Read the full article here


21st May 

Government Publication: Key stage 2: submitting teacher assessment data

Instructions for headteachers and local authorities about submitting key stage 2 teacher assessment data in 2019. Find it here


21st May 

Government Publication: KS1 assessments data collection 2019: technical specification

Technical specification defining the scope of the 2019 key stage 1 (KS1) assessments data collection from local authorities. Recently updated to correct the date for returns from 28 July to 26 July. Find it here


20th May

Government Publication: Multiplication tables check administration guidance

Check administration guidance for the multiplication tables check (MTC) 2019 national voluntary pilot. Find it here


14th May

News article: Thousands of schools to pilot new reception class check-up

Almost 10,000 schools have signed up to pilot the Reception Baseline Assessment – the 20-minute check that will mean Key Stage 1 tests are removed from 2022. Read the full article here


14th May 

Government Publication: Changes to assessments in primary schools

The reception baseline assessment (RBA) is scheduled to be introduced in all state-funded primary schools in September 2020. Read more in this update, here


10th May 

Government Publication: Early years foundation stage profile return 2019: guide

Guide for local authorities and schools submitting early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) data for 2019. Find it here


10th May 

Blogpost: How will KS2 value added be calculated next year?

Dave Thompson, chief statistician at FFT, looks at the options open to analysts in the Department for Education for calculating next year's KS1 to KS2 progress. Read the full post here


8th May

Government Publication: National curriculum assessments: practice materials

Practice materials for the phonics screening check, key stage 1 and key stage 2 national curriculum tests, including past test papers. Find them here

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