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New National Curriculum

In September 2014 the new National Curriculum came into force.

The curriculum contains the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects, at all key stages.

All maintained schools in England must start teaching these programmes of study from September 2014 with the following exceptions:

  • In the 2014 to 2015 academic year, pupils in years 2 and 6 should be taught the pre-2014 programmes of study in English, Mathematics and Science
  • These pupils will sit the current key stage 1 and 2 tests respectively
  • New tests will be available from 2016

 

English

Mathematics

These are the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for mathematics at Key stages 1 and 2.

All maintained schools in England must start teaching programmes of study for mathematics as follows:

  • Programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 from September 2014
  • In the 2014 to 2015 academic year, pupils in years 2 and 6 should follow the current mathematics programmes of study as they will sit the current Key Stage 1 and 2 tests

From September 2016 all maintained schools in England must teach the programmes of study for mathematics presented on this page.

Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets] or the content indicated as being ‘non-statutory’.

Key Changes to National Curriculum Tests and Assessments (DfE)

The national curriculum tests and teacher assessment at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 will be reported in levels for the last time in summer 2015, as pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 that year will not have been taught the new national curriculum.

The first new Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 tests in English, Mathematics and Science, based on the new national curriculum, will be sat by pupils for the first time in the summer of 2016.

From the academic year 2015 -16, we will move from an absolute measure of progress (i.e. two levels of progress required between KS1 and KS2) to a relative measure. At the same time, KS2 test outcomes will be reported as a scaled score, where the expected score is 100. Pupil progress will be determined in relation to the average progress made by pupils with the same baseline (i.e. the same KS1 average point score). For example, if a pupil had an APS of 19 at KS1, we will calculate the average scaled score in the KS2 tests for all pupils with an APS of 19 and see whether the pupil in question achieved a higher or lower scaled score than that average The exact methodology of how this will be reported is still to be determined.

New performance descriptors were published which informed statutory teacher assessment at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 in summer 2016 and these have been updated to inform statutory teacher assessments in summer 2017.

Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks 2016 (for use in 2017)

Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks 2016 (for use in 2017)

Assessment Information

2016 was the first time that pupils at the end of KS1 and KS2 were assessed against raised standards in the New National Curriculum. Levels are no longer in place meaning that results in 2016 cannot be directly compared with results in previous years.