The new National Curriculum is now being taught and schools are working to establish assessment systems that work in a world without levels. The Department for Education will be releasing more information over the coming year and some aspects of the new arrangements will not take place for some time. The table below is a summary of the key dates for the next few years to help primary schools see what is happening and when.

Date Event
September 2014 ·         New National Curriculum and assessment arrangements begin for pupils in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5. The new arrangements do not include National Curriculum levels for assessment.

·         The old National Curriculum (including the use of levels) continues for pupils in Years 2 and 6.

October 2014 ·         Draft performance descriptors published for statutory teacher assessments at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 for the new curriculum.
Spring 2015 ·         Publication of the DfE response to the consultation on draft performance descriptors for statutory teacher assessment at the end Key Stages 1 and 2 for the new National Curriculum.
April 2015 ·         Deadline for schools to decide which optional Reception baseline assessment to use in September 2015 from a DfE approved list of suppliers.
May 2015 ·         Final assessments under the old National Curriculum for Years 2 and 6 with results reported as National Curriculum levels.
Summer 2015 ·         Phonics checks continue near the end of Year 1 for all pupils.

·         Publication of final frameworks for the new national tests.

·         Publication of sample tests and mark schemes for the new national tests.

September 2015 ·         Use of optional Reception baseline assessment begins.

·         Start of new National Curriculum and assessment arrangements for pupils in Years 2 and 6.

·         Publication of final versions of performance descriptors for statutory teacher assessment.

·         Publication of exemplification materials to support statutory teacher assessment.

May 2016 Key stage 1

·         First new National Curriculum tests in mathematics, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Results reported as a scaled score.

·         First new statutory teacher assessments for mathematics, reading, grammar, spelling and punctuation, writing and science using the new performance descriptors.

Key stage 2

·         First new National Curriculum tests for mathematics, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling. Results reported as a scaled score with 100 being the expected standard.

·         First new sampling test for science. Sampling will take place every two years.

·         First new statutory teacher assessments for mathematics, reading and science using the new performance descriptors.

Autumn 2016 ·         New progress standard introduced using scaled scores and based on value-added for all of reading, writing and mathematics. To meet the new floor standard 85% of pupils at a school are expected to meet the new standard.
September 2016 ·         Early Years Foundation Stage Profile no longer compulsory.
Autumn 2022 ·         New attainment standard introduced as the first cohort of pupils taking the baseline assessment complete Key Stage 2

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