This guidance will be updated for the 2019 test cycle in March 2019.
Schools should ensure that everyone involved in the administration of key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests is familiar with the test administration guidance.
Schools can protect themselves from allegations of maladministration by trying to avoid misunderstandings of correct test administration and by inviting observers to oversee the administration of the tests for transparency.
A school could be subject to a maladministration investigation if an allegation about the administration of KS2 tests is made. Investigations can be extremely stressful for schools and staff and can lead to changes or annulment of results for the whole cohort, groups of pupils or individual pupils.
This guidance explains some steps you can take to demonstrate correct test administration and avoid allegations of maladministration at your school.