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.
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.