The Department for Education has published final pre-key stage standards

News - 30 May 2018

For end of KS1 and KS2 in English reading, English writing and mathematics statutory assessments, for use from the 2018/19 academic year onwards.

The change follows a government consultation on the Rochford Review, which found broad support to extend the ‘interim’ pre-key stage standards to include all pupils engaged in subject-specific study. A review of the standards was conducted, working with teachers and other educational experts, before publishing these final versions.
Teachers will use the new 2018/19 versions to make statutory teacher assessment judgements at the end of  KS1 and KS2 for pupils who are working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and above P scale 4. P scales 5 to 8 will not be used for statutory assessment from next year.
For 2017/18, schools should continue to use P scales and the ‘interim’ pre-key stage standards for those pupils working above P8 but below national curriculum assessments.
The government response to the consultation on the Rochford Review recommendations set out that there would be a pilot of the Review’s recommended approach to statutory assessment for those pupils not yet engaged in subject-specific study (the 7 aspects of engagement for cognition and learning) before introducing it as a statutory assessment. To allow time for this piloting, this change will not happen before the 2019/20 academic year. 
In the interim, P scales 1 to 4 will continue to be used for statutory assessment of pupils not engaged in subject-specific study at the end of key stages 1 and 2 for the 2018/19 academic year. Although P4 is in fact the entry-point for subject-specific assessment, it has been decided to allow its continued use as a bridge between the non-subject specific P1-3 and the new standards, so that no child should fall between the two assessments; trialling of the pre-key stage standards indicated that this would be a possibility.

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