[Skip to content]

NAHT - For Leaders, For Learners
Search our Site
News icon

Standards and Testing Agency issues statement to schools about KS 1 SPaG tests

Following an urgent investigation into the impact of the accidental publication of a live key stage 1 (KS1) grammar, punctuation and spelling test, the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has written to primary school head teachers to apologise for the error and provide clarification.

The letter from Jennifer Coupland, STA chief executive, confirms that the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb, has agreed that schools will not be required to administer the KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests for this year only. All other KS1 and KS2 tests are to continue as planned.

All schools will still need to submit a teacher assessment judgement for English writing based on pupil's work in the classroom.

Separate letters, examples of which are attached below, have been issued to:

  1. schools that administered the tests early during the trial period
  2. schools that would have administered the tests in May.


Page Published: 04/05/2016