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Government announcement – cancellation of 2021 national curriculum assessments

Good afternoon,
We have just received the following announcement from the government and wanted to share it with you as soon as possible:

The Prime Minister announced earlier this week that primary schools should move to remote provision, except for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. We recognise that due to the further disruption caused by this change, key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum assessments cannot continue as intended.  

The following assessments, scheduled between April and July 2021, have been cancelled:

  • KS1 teacher assessments
  • KS2 tests and teacher assessments
  • phonics screening check

These arrangements will apply for summer 2021 only, and we are planning for a full programme of primary assessments to take place in the 2021/22 academic year. This will include the introduction of the statutory reception baseline assessment and multiplication tables check, as previously announced. We will confirm full details for 2021/22 primary assessments in due course.