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Statutory assessment and moderation

teacher meetingLocal authorities have a statutory duty to moderate the teacher assessment judgements each year for a minimum sample of 25% of schools in key stages 1 and 2.

For Key stage 1 this requires the moderation of judgments in reading, writing, and maths, at key stage 2 moderation takes place for writing judgements only.

Local authorities also have a statutory duty to monitor the administration of key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests and the phonics screening check.

The management of this process is delivered by Buckinghamshire Council.

2020/21 academic year

Key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments

  • The national curriculum assessments due to be held in summer 2021, including tests, teacher assessments and the phonics screening check, have been cancelled.

Multiplication tables check

  • Schools can choose to administer the optional multiplication tables check within the 3-week period from Monday 7 June. Further guidance will be published in April 2021.

2021/22 academic year

Reception baseline assessment

  • Schools must complete the reception baseline assessment for each child in the first six weeks after they enter reception.

Key stage 1

  • The key stage 1 test period will be in May 2022
  • The phonics screening check week w.c Monday 6th June 2022

Key stage 2

  • The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 9 May to Thursday 12 May 2022.

Multiplication tables check

Guidance Documents

The Standards and Testing Agency have published The Assessment and Reporting Arrangements 


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