On 23rd April, the DfE updated the sample materials available for the 2018 Phonics Screening Check.
Structure of the Phonics Screening Check
The check contains 40 words divided into two sections of 20 words. Both sections contains a mix of pseudo-words and real words. Read more about the structure here.
In response to the 2017 ‘Primary assessment in England government consultation’, on 11th April 2018 the DfE announced the introduction of a new statutory reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020.
New baseline assessments to be introduced from autumn 2020
The test will be administered by schools as soon as children enter reception and will enable schools to measure children’s progress from reception through to KS2. The DfE will publish the results of these measures for all through primaries in the summer of 2027.
On 27th March 2018, the DfE released a leaflet for parents about the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATS, including upcoming exam dates, the types of test paper and information about teacher assessments.
On 29th January 2018, the DfE released updated information for local authorities (LAs) about the process and training for moderators of KS1 and KS2 English writing in 2017/2018.
The standardisation process
The standardisation process is designed to assure schools that LA moderation teams have the required knowledge to moderate KS1 and KS2 English writing assessments, ensuring consistency and accuracy across England. LAs are required to moderate a least 25% of maintained schools and 25% of academies.