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Understanding Primary Assessments

Academic year 2023 to 2024

The information shared below is an outline of the assessments which take place during EYFS, KS1 and KS2. 

Reception baseline assessment

Schools must complete the reception baseline assessment for each child in the first 6 weeks after they enter reception.


Early years foundation stage profile assessment

Schools must complete the early years foundation stage profile assessment between April and June of the academic year in which children turn 5, which is usually the reception year.


Key stage 1 tests - Optional for schools

It is recommended that the key stage 1 tests are administered during May 2024.


Key stage 2 tests

The statutory key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Monday 13 May to Thursday 16 May 2024:

Date Activity
Monday 13 May 2024 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 14 May 2024 English reading
Wednesday 15 May 2024 Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Thursday 16 May 2024 Mathematics paper 3


Multiplication tables check

Schools must administer the multiplication tables check within the 2-week period from Monday 3 June 2024.


Phonics screening check

Schools must administer the phonics screening check within the 1-week period from Monday 10 June 2024.


Further information and details of assessments can be found through the Standards and Testing Agency and Department for Education website