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 re-test
- 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
Cancellation of the phonics screening check in June 2020 means incoming year 2 pupils did not take the check in year 1. This means that under the existing arrangements, all year 2 pupils would have been required to take the statutory check in June 2021.
The Standards Testing Agency (STA)’s current proposal is that (subject to the necessary legislation being made and for 2020/21 only) schools will administer a past version of the check to year 2 pupils during the second half of the 2020 autumn term.
- Year 2 pupils who meet the expected standard in the autumn check will not be required to complete any further statutory assessments in phonics.
- Year 2 pupils who do not meet the expected standard in the autumn check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2021.
Further guidance is expected to be published in September 2020. This page will be updated with links when this guidance has been made available.
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