End of key stage assessment data collections
After the cancellation of statutory primary assessment in 2020 due to COVID-19, the DfE’s intention is for the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile and all existing statutory key stage 1 and 2 assessments to return in 2020/21, following their usual timetable.
Schools have a statutory obligation to record assessment data for pupils at the end of every key stage. These key stages are:
- Early years foundation stage EYFS (reception)
- Key stage 1 year 1 phonics
- Key stage 1 year 2 phonics - complete the check in the second half of the autumn 2020 term, COLLECT opens for submissions 7 December, schools to submit to LA on COLLECT by Thursday 10 December
- Key stage 1 (year 2)
- Key stage 2 (year 6).
This page will be updated with 2021 deadline dates for each set of assessments when they have been agreed by the LA and / or confirmed by the DfE.
See DfE guidance for schools on full opening, specifically relating to assessment and accountability
Reception baseline assessment (RBA)
In response to the 2017 primary assessment consultation, the government announced plans to introduce a statutory reception baseline assessment (RBA) in autumn 2020. Due to the challenging circumstances faced by schools in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, statutory introduction of the RBA has been postponed to Autumn 2021. Instead, schools have the opportunity to sign up to the RBA Early Adopter year.
See full RBA guidance and the assessment framework (GOV.UK)
Phonics – Autumn 2020 phonics check for all year 2 pupils
The DfE and STA have announced that in the 2020/21 academic year only, schools must administer a past version of the check to year 2 pupils during the second half of the 2020 autumn term, Monday 2 November onward. This is due to the cancellation of the phonics screening check in June 2020. Schools should return results to DfE through their local authority.
Schools must submit phonics results for their year 2 pupils to the LA by the end of the autumn term. The Local Authority ask that you upload your Phonics CTF to S2S by Thursday 10 December at the latest, in order to give us enough time to check errors and queries with you before the end of the autumn term. You can submit your return to us as early as you like once you have completed the check.
Further guidance can be found online:
Phonics screening check data collection: guide to submitting data
Phonics screening data collection 2020: technical specification
Key stage 1: administering the phonics screening check to year 2 pupils
Links to 2021 documents will be updated as they are made available.
DfE guides to submitting teacher assessments on GOV.UK:
Capita SIMS guidance handbooks
For guidance on end of key stage data processing, select the ‘Performance and Analysis’ drop down menu.
Data analyst (schools)
(School census, May background and end of key stage assessment queries)
Phone: 020 8825 5986