Statutory guidance

Pre-key stage 1 standards

Pre-key stage standards are for pupils who are working below the overall standard of national curriculum assessments, but who are engaged in subject-specific study.

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Statutory 2021 teacher assessments, including for pupils working below the standard of key stage 1, have been cancelled.

Arrangements for 2021/22 will be published in due course.

Pre-key stage 1 standards for the 2020/21 academic year onwards

Teachers must use these standards to make statutory teacher assessment judgements at the end of key stage 1 for pupils who are working below the national curriculum teacher assessment frameworks, and engaged in subject-specific study.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020/21 academic year will be a transitionary year for the assessment of pupils working below the standard of national curriculum assessments, and not engaged in subject-specific study. The transitionary year for the assessment adopts a flexible approach for the submission of teacher assessment outcomes. Schools that have used the engagement model should report which pupils have been assessed. Schools that need more time to implement the engagement model can report their teacher assessment outcomes against P scales 1 to 4, for one final year.

Pre-key stage standards information video

You can view the pre-key stage standards information video below. It provides details about the pre-key stage standards and explains how they should be used.

New pre-key stage standards in primary schools

Please note, this video was produced in 2018. The engagement model provides information on assessing pupils working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study.

Published 10 September 2018
Last updated 19 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated for use from the 2019/20 academic year onwards.

  2. First published.