Key stage 2
Publication: how to become a marker
We've updated the information on GOV.UK as we are now recruiting markers for the 2018 key stage 2 (KS2) English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics tests.
Markers are recruited by Pearson, our external marking supplier. If you haven't marked KS2 tests before, visit their vacancies page for role requirements and application details.
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, contact Pearson's national curriculum tests helpdesk on 0300 303 1270.
Publication: primary assessment webinars now available to download
KS1 and KS2 webinars on the 2018 national curriculum tests and assessments are now available to watch on STA's media and training site. We'll be providing written summaries of the questions and discussions shortly.
Both webinars were broadcast live on 8 November. Our panel of experts answered a range of questions about the 2018 national curriculum tests and assessments. Thanks to all those who submitted questions before and during the live broadcast.
Please use the rating system available alongside the recordings to provide feedback to inform future webinars.
Reminder: place KS1 and KS2 test orders on NCA tools, if required, by 24 November
The 'Test orders' section of NCA tools is open until Friday 24 November.
It is important that you read the information that applies to your type of school(s) below.
Maintained schools, academies and free school
Maintained schools, academies and free schools do not need to place orders for standard versions of the tests.
If you require modified versions of the tests, you need to order these on NCA tools by Friday 24 November.
You can contact STA's modified test agency on 0300 303 3019 or use practice materials to help inform decisions about which tests are suitable for your pupils.
If all pupils are working below the standard of the KS1 tests and/or phonics screening check, you should confirm zero test orders on NCA tools by Friday 24 November.
Special schools, pupil referral units (PRUs), hospital schools and secure units
Special schools, PRUs, hospital schools and secure units should confirm zero test orders on NCA tools by Friday 24 November, if all pupils are working below the standard of the KS1 and/or KS2 tests.
If you do not confirm zero test orders, STA will assume that your pupils are taking the tests and will send test materials accordingly.
Independent schools that are taking part in the 2018 national curriculum tests must place orders for both standard and modified tests on NCA tools, and issue privacy notices to parents, by Friday 24 November.
If you order KS2 tests, you must also register pupils on NCA tools between 19 February and 16 March 2018. We will send reminder emails nearer the time.
Overview of the Annual Programme of EYFS Profile Moderation Activities 2017-18
Overview of the annual programme of EYFS Profile moderation activities
Early Years Matters News Round Up 13th November 2017
Early Years Matters News Round Up 13th November 2017
Register as a Safer Internet Day 2018 supporter
Schools and organisations are now able to register as a Safer Internet Day supporter to share what they are doing for the day, and get more information and resources in the SID2018 campaign toolkit!
Last year 1,645 organisations joined the Safer Internet Day 2017 supporters list, making it the biggest UK Safer Internet Day yet!
Join the supporters list
You can join organisations from across the UK by signing up to the Safer Internet Day Supporters list and share what you are doing for #SID2018.
Once registered you will receive a certificate to show your support for the day.
Take a look at last year's supporters list to see what organisations across the UK did to celebrate Safer Internet Day.
You could also:
Use your networks or run activities to reach out to children, young people, parents, carers, teachers, professionals and wider!
Join the social media campaign and keep an eye on the hashtag #SID2018 (more information coming soon!)
Help spread the word
Reach out to the schools and organisations you know to encourage them to get involved in Safer Internet Day 2018 and get them to sign up as supporters.
The Campaign Toolkit contains all of the things you need to show your support of Safer Internet Day.
Download our Campaign Toolkit to help you spread the word about Safer Internet Day. This toolkit includes:
Template text of our key messages and information
The Key Safer Internet Day messages
Key Safer Internet Day information
The SID 2018 Logo
Banners for Facebook, Twitter and your email footer .
You can also tweet the following messages:
The Safer Internet Day 2018 supporters list is now open! Register your school or organisation now http://bit.ly/SID18Supporter @UK_SIC #SID2018
Get ready to Create, Connect and Share Respect for Safer Internet Day 2018 on the 6th February! @UK_SIC #SID2018 www.saferinternetday.org.uk
Sign up for the Safer Internet Day newsletter and keep up to date with all the latest Safer Internet Day news and announcements!
You can also follow us on social media on Twitter (@uk_sic) and on Facebook
STA Assessment Update: 7th November 2017
Reminder: last chance to sign-up for tomorrow's live webinars
Don't forget to register and watch STA's live webinars on primary assessment. We've had a fantastic response so far and would encourage as many of you as possible to join the live broadcasts and take advantage of the opportunities to question our expert panel.
You can join the key stage 1 (KS1) broadcast at 12.30pm and the key stage 2 (KS2) broadcast at 3.45pm, both on Wednesday 8 November.
Secure your place by registering now. You can submit questions in advance as well as during each webinar.
Action: submit your school's holiday dates by 24 November
If you haven't already, please provide your school's holiday dates for this year, including inset days, in the 'Test Orders' section of NCA tools by Friday 24 November.
This will help us to plan the delivery of 2018 test and check materials and avoid any dates when your school will be closed.
Information: Analyse school performance (ASP) update
2017 KS1 and phonics data is now available in ASP (the replacement service to RAISEonline).
KS2 Children Looked After data, including disadvantaged breakdowns, has also been added. Users can view the new pupil list reports by accessing ASP through their Secure access account.
Information: STA at the Academies Show on 22 November
Come and talk to STA representatives at the Academies Show on Wednesday 22 November at the NEC, Birmingham.
We'll be on the DfE exhibition stand in the government village, as well as hosting seminar sessions at 11.10am and 3.30pm on 'Primary tests and assessments: 2018 and beyond'.
Join us to ask questions about:
the government response to the 2017 consultations
changes to teacher assessment from 2018
test administration in 2018
planned changes to assessment in future years
Entry to the Academies Show is free. You can register here for tickets.