Last reviewed on 30 September 2021
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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Get to grips with the requirements for assessing pupils working between the engagement model and the level of the curriculum. You’ll also find advice on assessment for these pupils outside end-of-Key-Stage assessments.

End-of-Key-Stage assessments

Your teachers must use the pre-KS1 and KS2 standards set by the STA to make statutory teacher assessment judgements:

  • At the end of each Key Stage
  • For pupils engaged in subject-specific study, who are working below the National Curriculum teacher assessment frameworks

For reading, writing and mathematics, the interim standards of attainment are:

  • 4 standards in KS1, from 'standard 1' to 'standard 4'
  • 6 standards in KS2, from 'standard 1' to 'standard 6'

The STA has revised the 'pupil can' statements to make sure they: appropriately represent the key aspects of each subject, allow for progression towards the National Curriculum and better reflect classroom practice.

See the pre-KS1 and KS2 standards. 

Use the engagement model to assess pupils not yet engaged in subject-specific study

You must use the engagement model from September 2021 to assess pupils who are:

The model replaces P scales