National Curriculum Assessments

19th March 2020

19 March 2020
This email is an official communication from the Standards and Testing Agency.
Primary assessment general
Information: cancellation of 2019/20 national curriculum assessments
The Secretary of State for Education announced yesterday, Wednesday 18 March, that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This means the following assessments planned between April and July 2020 are cancelled:
  • end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
  • phonics screening check
  • multiplication tables check
  • science sampling tests
  • all statutory trialling 
You do not need to complete any further activities to prepare for these assessments.
Primary school performance measures will not be published for the 2019/20 academic year.
Reminder: Department for Education (DfE) COVID-19 (Coronavirus) helpline
DfE has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 4pm
The latest guidance for education settings is available on GOV.UK.

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