Last reviewed on 7 December 2021
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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Find out how the process works for KS1 and KS2, to help you judge pupils' progress this year and prepare to comply with your requirements for 2021/22.

The frameworks teachers must use

You must use the frameworks published by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) to make judgements about pupils at the end of KS1 and KS2.

KS1

For reading, writing and maths, the KS1 framework has sets of performance descriptors to help identify pupils who are working:

  • Towards the expected standard
  • At the expected standard
  • At greater depth

For science, there is a single set of performance descriptors to determine whether pupils are working at the expected standard.

KS2

The KS2 framework presents 3 sets of performance descriptors for writing, describing pupils who are working:

  • Towards the expected standard
  • At the expected standard
  • At greater depth 

For science, there is a single set of performance descriptors to help you to determine whether pupils are working at the expected standard.

Pupils working below the level of the National Curriculum tests

Against pre-KS1 and pre-KS2 standards At the