On 17th October the DfE published the 2018 statutory guidance for assessments at the end of KS1 and KS2.
Key Changes for 2017 to 2018
Key stage 1
- The STA has revised the English teacher assessment frameworks at the end of Key Stage 1. The revised ‘pupil can’ statements are less prescriptive and place greater emphasis on grammar, punctuation and spelling.
- The KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests remain optional from 2018 onwards. Grammar, punctuation and spelling test materials will be available to download from 1st May.
Key Stage 2
- The order of the 2018 KS2 tests has changed, and English grammar, punctuation and spelling will be tested first on 14th May, following by the English reading paper on the 15th May.
- The STA has introduced revised teacher assessment frameworks for English writing at KS2. These statements place greater emphasis on the composition and the ‘technical’ aspects of English writing (including grammar, punctuation and spelling) have been made less prescriptive.
The DfE have also released statuatory guidance for assessing and reporting the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile.