On-screen times table test to be introduced as part of KS2 national tests

It was reported yesterday that all children will be tested on their times tables as part of their KS2 national tests. Unveiled by education secretary Nicky Morgan on 3rd January, the tests will examine the multiplication skills of every 11-year-old. Children will be expected to know their tables up to 12×12 and will be tested using an “on-screen check”.

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Nicky Morgan proposes further reforms to primary assessment

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has spoken today about reforms to promote educational excellence in schools, including proposed changes to primary school assessment. As well as the ‘baseline tests’ when pupils start in Reception, and new more rigorous national curriculum tests at the age of 11, the government is looking to introduce formal tests for pupils at age 7.

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Updated Key Stage 2 reporting arrangements for 2016 national tests

Updated Key Stage 2 assessment and reporting arrangements for 2016

Children who are at the end of Key Stage 2 in May 2016 will be the first to be assessed against the new national curriculum. Ahead of these new national tests, the Standards and Testing Agency have released statutory guidance for head teachers and local authority coordinators.

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