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Information on statutory assessments, including SATs

National curriculum assessments


Guidance from the DfE states: "The department recognises that, due to the further disruption caused by school closures, primary assessments cannot continue as intended.

"We will therefore cancel the statutory KS1 and KS2 tests and teacher assessments planned for summer 2021, including the KS2 tests in reading and mathematics.


"We know that schools will continue to use assessment during the summer term to inform teaching, to enable them to give information to parents on their child's attainment in their annual report and to support transition to secondary school. We strongly encourage schools to do this, using past test papers if they wish."


It states: "The following assessments, scheduled between April and July 2021, have been cancelled:

  • KS1 teacher assessments
  • KS2 tests and teacher assessments
  • Phonics screening check
  • All statutory trialling


"Schools do not need to complete any further activities to prepare for these assessments. Local authorities will not need to undertake monitoring or moderation activities."


The department adds that a full range of primary tests will take place in the next academic year.

"As such, these arrangements will apply for summer 2021 only, and the department is planning for a full programme of primary assessments to take place in the 2021-22 academic year."

Multiplication Tables Check - Year 4 


The multiplication tables check (MTC) is optional for primary schools in 2021. 



The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.


Schools will have a 3-week check window in June to administer the MTC. Teachers will have the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or a whole class at the same time.

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