National curriculum assessments: guidance for local authorities

Information for local authorities (LAs) supporting schools' key stage 1 and 2 tests and teacher assessment.

Use this collection to complete your statutory requirements. You should also be familiar with the phonics screening check: administration guidance (CAG), key stage 1 test administration guidance (TAG) and key stage 2: test administration guidance (TAG).

We regularly write to LAs about the assessment updates that we send to schools. These assessment updates help schools to complete actions on time and administer the key stages 1 and 2 tasks, tests and checks correctly.

You must complete statutory requirements by law, unless there’s a very good reason not to.

Statutory guidance


  1. National curriculum assessments calendar

Data collection

Monitoring visits

Teacher assessment

Published 14 April 2015
Last updated 21 October 2016 + show all updates
  1. Addition of 2017 assessment and reporting arrangements.
  2. 2015 maladministration guidance added
  3. First published.