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KS2 Performance Tables released

Validated data for all primary schools in England has now been published in the Performance Tables.

A slight methodological change has taken place in the way that pupils who did not achieve a scaled score in the tests are included in the progress measures. This means that, for some schools, the validated progress scores for maths and reading may be slightly different to the unvalidated figures which are currently shown in RAISEonline and Inspection Dashboard. For more information on this change, please see this blog post:

Primary Assessment Updates - Autumn 2016

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools.

HfL Blog - Assessment

HfL’s assessment advisers are contributing to a new company blog along with maths, computing, English and languages.

The blog will feature news reports, opinion pieces, reviews and images, and will be regularly updated to ensure that Hertfordshire schools are up to date with what’s going on in assessment.

The blog is written for teachers, subject leaders and educational professionals wishing to engage in continuing professional development in assessment.

Guide to Statutory Teacher Assessment Codes (KS1 and KS2) – updated from Spring Headteacher seminars

The PDF includes updates to:

  • floor standards and ‘coasting’ status (KS2)
  • changes to timing of teacher assessment cycle (KS1 and KS2)

Information on applying for a review of the marking of KS2 tests

The STA have published guidance on marking reviews and clerical reviews of KS2 tests at the following page:

Please note, there is a charge for both types of review, although the charge is waived if certain conditions are met.A marking review will not be charged if it results in a change to the pupil’s outcome from being below the expected standard to achieving the expected standard, or if it changes the pupil’s raw score by at least 3 marks.

KS2 SATs results will become available on 5th July, by logging in to the NCA Tools website. On this same day, the KS2 conversion tables, that convert raw scores to scaled scores, will be released.

Key Stage 4 Data Checking Exercise (for Secondary School Performance Tables)

The DfE Tables Checking website is now open for secondary schools to check and amend KS4 student information that will be used to produce the 2016 Performance Tables. This checking window will close at 5pm on Monday 27 June 2016.

Checking and amending student information in June increases the accuracy of the data provided to schools in the September results checking exercise. Amendments accepted in June will also be reflected in the provisional performance tables published in October and in the first RAISEonline release.

A copy of the DfE’s letter to schools and the June checking guidance can be found at:

Key stage 2 prior attainment: to give schools early sight of the prior attainment data that will feed into the Progress 8 measure, pupils’ overall English and mathematics key stage 2 test results have been made available for information only during the June checking exercise. This data set will be provided again in September and schools will have the opportunity to request amendments during the September checking exercise.

It has been brought to our attention that there is a slight difference between the KS2 prior attainment figures given on the Tables Checking site and the figures produced by the Hertfordshire spreadsheets on the grid. This difference has arisen because, contrary to the DfE’s own published methodology, the fine level point scores for English and maths seem to have been rounded to 2 decimal places before being averaged. For some pupils, this difference may be significant. We are seeking clarification from DfE to ascertain what the correct approach is.

Changes to the 2016 tables: Details of the content of the 2016 tables will be set out in the ‘Statement of Intent’ which will be published in the summer at:

Key Stage 1 Scaled Scores and Teacher Assessment advice

The DfE has released the KS1 Scaled Scores conversion tables, that allow teachers to convert pupils’ raw test marks into the scaled score. The tables are here:

KS1 Scaled Scores Tables

Further information can be found at:

Please note, teachers should use this information as part of their overall evidence base to form their teacher assessment. It is the teacher assessment, not the scaled scores, that must be statutorily reported. If a pupil has not achieved a scaled score of 100, but there is good evidence that they have met all of the statements for “Expected” in the Interim Teacher Assessment Framework (“ITAF”), then they should still be awarded a teacher assessment of “expected standard” (EXS).The DfE guidance about the KS1 teacher assessment can be found at:

We have received several queries asking if there is a particular threshold scaled score associated with “Working at Greater Depth”. We are not aware of any such score and do not believe that the STA are going to produce one at KS1. The only definitive way to determine if a child is “Working at Greater Depth” is by assessing against the criteria in the ITAFs.

Reporting Pupil Attainment to Parents 2016 – Key Stages 1 and 2

This year, for pupils in Years 2 and 6, schools will need to report to parents their child’s end of Key Stage teacher assessments (based on the Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks and/or Pre-Key Stage Standards).Also, for Year 6 pupils, schools are required to report pupils’ results in the Key Stage 2 tests. The following two documents are example templates for reporting to parents, including some explanatory notes. Schools will be able to run these reports straight from SIMS once the end of Key Stage results have been entered. (Guidance documentation on entering end of Key Stage data into SIMS will be sent into schools very soon.)

Please note, in addition to this statutory data, schools could use whatever text they wish to in their own pupil reports. This allows schools the opportunity to go into greater detail about pupils’ strengths and development areas within each curriculum subjects and to explain, where appropriate, that a pupil might be working at ‘greater depth’ in areas such as reading, maths and science at KS2, even though the official teacher assessment does not have a ‘greater depth’ category for these subjects.

KS1 Example Student Report 2016
KS2 Example Student Report 2016

KS1 and KS2 Moderation

We will be informing Hertfordshire primary schools this Friday 20th May if they have been selected for either KS1 or KS2 moderation of teacher assessment this year. This communication will be via email to the headteacher – so please ensure that your inbox is not full. Please also check your Spam/Clutter folder, in case the email finds its way there.

DfE Guidance on Submitting Key Stage 2 Data

the DfE has produced a document that explains the use of all the teacher assessment codes and how data is to be submitted this year. The document can be found at:

A summary of the codes and their meaning can be found on pages 4-5 of this document. NB Clarification regarding ‘HNM’ code in Key Stage 2 reading and maths: if a pupil was entered into the KS2 test because the school believed the pupil was able to access the test and therefore likely to score at least some marks, but the pupil is not considered to be working at the ‘Expected Standard’ (i.e. not meeting all of the ‘Pupil can…’ statements in the Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks) then the TA code that should be applied is HNM. The Pre-Key Stage standards (PKF, PKE and PFG) are more relevant to a pupil who was working below the standard of the test and therefore not entered into the test.

Key Stage 1 Tests Update and Reporting to Parents

As you have probably heard via the media, the KS1 test of grammar, punctuation and spelling is no longer statutory. Schools may still administer it if they wish. We would strongly advise schools to continue to keep the materials stored securely though, throughout the testing period, i.e. the month of May.

Also, I can confirm that there is no requirement or expectation that KS1 test scores will be reported to parents and they will not be submitted to the LA or DfE. However it is a statutory requirement to report Y2 (and Y6) teacher assessments to parents, using the terminology set out in the Interim Teacher Assessment Frameworks.

Primary Assessment Updates April 2016

The PDF includes updates to:

  • Procedures regarding receiving and securely storing test packs (KS2 tests, KS1 tests and Y1 Phonics Screening Check materials)
  • Monitoring Visits
  • Test Administration Guidance and Phonics Check Administration Guidance
  • Moderation of Statutory Teacher Assessment (KS1 and KS2)
  • Tips for teachers regarding evidence for external moderation
  • Some key points about standards this year
  • Statutory Data Submission including Confirmation of Deadlines
  • Reporting to Parents of KS1 and KS2 children
  • Voluntary Submission of Non-Statutory Teacher Assessment Data
  • KS1 and KS2 Analysis Reports

Statutory Moderation Letter KS1 - KS2 - March 2016

This letter sent to Headteachers contains changes to Statutory Moderation procedures for the year 2016.

RAISEonline and Inspection Dashboard – Validated 2015

The primary RAISEonline Summary Report and the Inspection Dashboard (also available from RAISEonline) are now fully up to date with 2015 Validated data. Please also note that the Inspection Dashboard now includes, on the final page, measures of prior attainment for Year 1 and Year 2 cohorts. These measures compare the school’s cohort performance against the Early Learning Goals for Reading, Writing and the two ELGs for maths (combined) with the national performance.

DfE Changes to Statutory Moderation 2016

Please note that, contrary to the information given in recent Headteacher Seminars and in the last Primary Assessment Updates letter, the dates for submitting teacher assessment data this year have been changed by the DfE to the end of June. We are awaiting further guidance from STA about the impact of these changes on the expected approach to moderation. When we have received updated guidance, we will be in a position to plan our moderation process for this year and we will communicate this with schools at the earliest possible point. Information on the changes made by DfE can be found here:

Primary Update - December 2015

This letter sent to Headteachers contains updates on a number of assessment-related matters for primary schools.

Assessment Update Emails from STA

The Standards & Testing Agency regularly send out Assessment Updates to schools via email.  It is important that schools receive these updates and read them carefully so that they complete actions on time and administer the key stages 1 and 2 tasks, tests and checks correctly.

It appears that some schools are not receiving these emails. This may be because the registered email address held by STA is no longer in use or because the emails are going into the school's spam folder.

If you have not been receiving these updates you need to:

  • check whether the superuser email address that is held on NCA tools is 'live', if it isn't it will need to be updated
  • add the unmonitored@education.gov.uk address to their allowed list to prevent emails being marked as spam


If schools experience any problems updating their details they need to contact the national curriculum assessments helpline by phone 0300 303 3013 or email assessments@education.gov.uk for assistance.