Key Stage 1 and 2 assessments

Find answers to FAQs on how to comply with statutory requirements for Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2 assessments. Use our checklist of key dates and deadlines, and know what to report to your local authority and parents/carers.

Last reviewed on 2 November 2023See updates
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  1. Key dates and deadlines
  2. As a headteacher, what are my responsibilities?
  3. 2024 National Curriculum test requirements
  4. End-of-KS2 teacher assessment
  5. Multiplication tables check
  6. Reporting to parents/carers

Who do these requirements apply to?

  • Maintained schools
  • Academies (including free schools)
  • Special schools (including maintained special schools and special academies)
  • Alternative provision (AP) settings (including pupil referral units)
  • Independent schools that have chosen to participate in the Key Stage (KS) 2 assessments

Friday 17 November Deadline for: Schools to submit their holiday days on the Primary Assessment Gateway (PAG) Schools to order modified KS2 tests including large print and braille Independent schools, special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs) to order KS2 tests Friday 8 December Independent schools should report on the PAG that they have a written agreement in place with an LA to monitor their end of KS2 tests Friday 12 January Academies to report on the PAG if they're using a non-geographic local authority (LA) to monitor their tests Monday 12 February to Friday 8 March Window to register pupils for KS2 tests on the PAG March Test administration guidance published Monday 8 April Multiplication tables check online service and administration