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Reporting national curriculum assessments to parents, 2016

The key stages 1 and 2 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements documents contain the same text in sections covering reporting to parents (sections 9 and 11, respectively). There is a reference to reports including, ‘where appropriate’, results of national curriculum tests. This is a potential source of confusion for key stage 1.   

More definitive detail is provided in the information leaflets produced for parents by the STA in May. This advice is based on the contents of these leaflets and clarifies what national assessment information schools have a statutory duty to report to parents.

NAHT recommends members to signpost parents to these leaflets:

Information for parents:2016 national curriculum test results at the end of key stage 1  

Information for parents: Results from the 2016 national curriculum assessments at the end of key stage 2

Key stage 1

  • Parents must be informed whether their child is performing at the expected standard in each of mathematics, reading and writing.
  • The wording in the leaflet for those not working at the expected standard is ‘whether they need some more support to achieve it.’ This gives schools freedom to find an appropriate form of words. This category will, of course those ‘working towards’ and those at pre-key stage.
  • Please note that there is no requirement to provide parents with scaled scores (unless specifically asked for) Schools are also not required to state whether children are working at greater depth. .
Key stage 2
  • Reports must include scaled scores for all national tests taken. Our assumption is that this includes ‘SPAG’.
  • Teacher assessments across these areas must also be included in addition to science.
  • The KS2 information is less specific. There is no specific reference in the case of writing for the report to be confined to achieving or not achieving the expected standard.
  • The report is also expected to contain a broader narrative about the pupil’s achievements, highlighting strengths and identifying extra support required in the transition to secondary school. The report is thus also intended for receiving secondary schools.


Page Published: 06/07/2016