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Primary Education: Assessments

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL1275, tabled on 21 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many statutory assessments were required for pupils in primary schools in (1) 2018–19, (2) 2019–20, and (3) 2020–21; and how many will be required in 2021–22.

Answered on

5 July 2021

In the 2018/19 academic year, statutory assessments took place for pupils in 4 year groups: Reception (early years foundation stage profile), Year 1 (phonics screening check), Year 2 (end of Key Stage 1 assessments), and Year 6 (end of Key Stage 2 assessments).

In the 2019/20 academic year, all statutory assessments were cancelled.

In the 2020/21 academic year, only pupils in Year 2 undertook statutory assessment of autumn phonics screening check. All other statutory assessments were cancelled.

In the 2021/22 academic year, the Department intends to reintroduce all assessments from 2018/19 and introduce new statutory assessments in Reception (reception baseline assessment) and Year 4 (multiplication tables check), though details will be confirmed in due course. Year 2 pupils will undertake the autumn phonics screening check once more. The existing statutory end of Key Stage 1 assessments will become non-statutory once the reception baseline assessment is fully established.