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Primary guidance

2022/23 primary assessment dates

See future primary assessment dates on GOV.UK.

Reception baseline assessment

Schools must complete the reception baseline assessment for each child in the first six weeks after they enter reception.

Key stage 1

  • May 2023 – key stage 1 test period.
  • Week commencing Monday 12 June 2023 – phonics screening check week.

Key stage 2

  • The key stage 2 tests are timetabled from Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 May 2023.
  • Multiplication tables check – schools must administer the multiplication tables check within the 3-week period from Monday 5 June 2023.

Primary and secondary school accountability approach

Reporting to parents


Reception baseline assessment (RBA)

The RBA became statutory in schools in September 2021. Information for assessing and reporting the reception baseline assessment in the 2021/22 academic year has been published along with an equality impact assessment and an information leaflet.
The following is also available:

Early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP)

Phonics screening check

Details on the phonics screening check can be found in the KS1 assessment and reporting arrangements in section 8.

The following phonics screening check guidance links are for the academic year 2021 – 2022, so have not been updated yet by the DfE. They are here for reference until the guidance links for 2022 – 2023 are available.

Key stage 1

The following KS1 guidance links are for the academic year 2021 – 2022, so have not been updated yet by the DfE. They are here for reference until the guidance links for 2022 – 2023 are available.

Multiplication tables check

The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for primary schools in the 2021/22 academic year.

The following MTC guidance links are for the academic year 2021 – 2022, so have not been updated yet by the DfE. They are here for reference until the guidance links for 2022 – 2023 are available.

Key stage 2

The following KS2 guidance links are for the academic year 2021 – 2022, so have not been updated yet by the DfE. They are here for reference until the guidance links for 2022 – 2023 are available.

KS1 and KS2 moderation

External moderation is statutory. It gives confidence that schools’ teacher assessment judgements for KS1 and KS2 are accurate and consistent with national standards, as specified in the TA frameworks and the exemplification material.

Details for summer 2022 are included in the assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA).

Local Authorities will inform schools on, or after, Friday 12 May if they are going to receive an external moderation visit.

Academies and free schools must choose which LA is responsible for external moderation. They must have a written agreement in place with their chosen LA and should inform STA on the PAG if they intend to use a non-geographic LA, by Friday 18 November. If academies do not respond by the deadline, they will no longer be able to choose non-geographic LAs and must put an agreement in place with their geographic LA. STA will record academies without a non-geographic LA agreement in place by this date as being moderated by the geographic LA.

Our offer was sent by email to admin@ on 12 October 2022. If your academy or free school cannot locate this information, please get in touch and we can send you a copy of the letter and form. schooldataassessment@devon.gov.uk


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