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National curriculum assessments: key stage 1 tests

Guidance for headteachers, teachers and test administrators involved in administering the national curriculum tests for key stage 1.

Use this information to:

  • check important dates for the key stage 1 test cycle
  • understand your statutory requirements for the key stage 1 tests
  • administer the tests
  • use appropriate access arrangements
  • keep test materials secure

Your school will also receive printed copies of the test administration instructions with the test materials. These are not available on GOV.UK as they contain live test material. Details on the format, equipment and assistance that must be used for each test is available in the key stage 1: test administration guidance.

Key stage 1 assessment and reporting arrangements

  1. 2017 key stage 1: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

    • Statutory guidance

Key stage 1 planner

  1. Key stage 1 assessments: 2017 planner

    • Guidance

Keeping materials secure

  1. Key stage 2 tests and phonics screening check: security advice

    • Guidance

Access arrangements

  1. Key stage 1 tests: how to use access arrangements

    • Guidance
  2. Notes for readers in the 2017 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests at key stage 1 and key stage 2

    • Guidance

Test administration

  1. Key stage 1 and key stage 2 test dates

    • Guidance
  2. Key stage 1 tests: test administration guidance (TAG)

    • Guidance
  3. Key stage 1 tests: modified test administration guidance (MTAG)

    • Guidance
  4. Scaled scores at key stage 1

    • Guidance


  1. Key stage 1 and 2: maladministration investigation procedures

    • Guidance
  2. Key stage 1 and 2: maladministration investigation visits

    • Guidance
  3. National curriculum assessments: reporting maladministration

    • Guidance