Key stage assessment guidance

Guidance notes on Foundation Stage, phonics and Key Stage data collections.

  • Early Years Foundation Stage Profile - Assessment against the new Early Years Foundation Stage Profile at the end of their reception year.
  • Phonics - Assessment of children's progress in phonics in year 1, and year 2 retakes.
  • Key Stage 1 - Teacher assessment is an essential part of the national curriculum assessment and reporting arrangements for KS1 and is carried out as part of teaching and learning.
  • Key Stage 2 - Teacher assessment is an essential part of the national curriculum assessment and reporting arrangements for KS2 and is carried out as part of teaching and learning.

Primary Key Stage guidance

Download our Primary Key Stage guidance

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

  • KS4 collects various provisional data, for example the percentage of pupils achieving a GCSE qualification at grade 5 or above in either English language or literature and a GCSE qualification at grade 5 or above in mathematics.
  • KS5 collects various provisional data, for example the overall school APS (average point score) per entry for A Level students at the end of 16-18 study.

Key Stage 4 GCSE template

Key Stage 5 A Level template