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Assessment and Statutory Testing

Different forms of assessment

There are 3 main forms of assessment in schools:

  • day-to-day formative assessment – to inform teaching on an ongoing basis
  • in-school summative assessment – to understand pupil performance at the end of a period of teaching. At Welton we use PIRA and PUMA tests to contribute to teacher assessment summative judgments. 
  • statutory summative assessment – to understand pupil performance in relation to national expectations and comparisons

Statutory Assessment 


The statutory EYFS framework requires the EYFS profile assessment to be carried out in the final term of the year in which a child reaches age 5, and no later than 30 June in that term.

Practitioners are expected to use their professional judgement to make these assessments, based on their knowledge and understanding of what the child knows, understands, and can do.

Summative: assessment is based on a holistic view of what the child can demonstrate against each Early Learning Goals at the end of the reception year

Key stage 1 assessments

All existing statutory KS1 assessments will return in 2021/22, following their usual timetable.

This includes the:

  • end of KS1 assessments 
  • phonics screening 

Teachers must make their TA judgements using the:

  • TA frameworks in English reading, English writing, mathematics and science – for pupils who have completed the KS1 programmes of study and are working at the standard of national curriculum assessments

Teachers must administer the English reading and mathematics tests to help make a secure judgement for their final TA at the end of KS1. The tests make up one piece of evidence for the overall TA judgement.

The following link will provide a short guide to the National Curriculum Assessments

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2 assessments 

All existing statutory KS2 assessments returned in 2021/22, follow their usual timetable. This includes: 

  • the end of KS2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment) •
  • the year 4 multiplication tables check

These will take place between Tuesday 9th May 2023 – Friday 12th May 2023. Over this period Year 6 children will sit 6 different tests, with English normally taking place at the beginning of the week and maths at the end of the week. 

The following links will provide a short guide to the National Curriculum Assessments

Year 4 Multiplication Check

Key Stage 2