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STA Assessment Update: 27th March 2018

Key stage 2


Reminder: submit applications for additional time by 23 April


Schools must submit applications for additional time for pupils taking the key stage 2 (KS2) tests in the 'Access arrangements' section of NCA tools by Monday 23 April.


Section 3 of the KS2 access arrangements guidance explains the eligibility criteria and how schools can apply. We've also produced a short video demonstrating how to make applications.


Publication: attendance register and test script dispatch instructions and videos


We've published instructions for schools about completing KS2 test attendance registers, sending scripts for marking and submitting the headteacher's declaration form.


The guidance also includes a package of videos available to view on STA's media and training site and YouTube. Following feedback from schools about last year's video, we have divided the footage into 4 separate films for ease of reference.


Primary assessment  


Action: sign up to the live Facebook event on 24 April


You can sign up now for another live Facebook event covering test administration, access arrangements and maladministration, which we will host on Tuesday 24 April from 6pm.

Thank you to those who took part and submitted questions during our first Facebook event on 15 March. The event had a significant reach amongst Facebook users and generated a high volume of questions and comments, mostly positive and indicating demand for a repeat event.


We have published a summary of the questions and responses on STA's media and training site for those who were unable to attend.

Publication: new resources for parents about primary assessments


We have published an information leaflet and 2 videos for parents of children in years 2 and 6 about national curriculum assessments. The purpose of these materials is to help parents understand more about the end of key stage assessments that will be administered in primary schools in May.


They provide basic information about the purpose and format of the tests, how parents can best support their children and how results will be reported.


The leaflet and videos may be useful resources for schools to share with parents, or to use during conversations with parents about primary assessments. We will also be promoting them via social media.


Publication: monitoring visits guidance


Monitoring visits guidance for the phonics screening check and the KS2 tests is now available for schools and local authorities. This includes information on how to conduct monitoring visits.


Additional guidance for KS2 includes a copy of the monitoring visit form and instructions for completing it, specifically for local authorities.


Publication: maladministration guidance


We have published guidance about STA's procedures for investigating allegations of maladministration relating to the phonics screening check, key stage 1 (KS1) and KS2 tests or teacher assessment.


We've also updated our guidance about how to report concerns regarding maladministration.

27 Mar 2018

Spencer Cartwright
School Improvement & Achievement Service
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