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NAHT is working to ensure that the curriculum supports the learning, progress and success of all pupils. NAHT supports the principle that a broad and balanced curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

NAHT is campaigning to: 

Support schools to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for their pupils

  • Challenge the government policy, including EBacc, which may narrow the curriculum
  • Enable and support schools to successfully deliver statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education
  • Lobby for improvements to government policy which supports schools to deliver inclusive education and fulfil their responsibilities under the public sector equality duty
  • Support schools to deliver effective careers education for all pupils
  • Support schools to deliver high-quality Religious Education to all pupils
  • Provide guidance, materials and information to support schools in educating pupils about environmental issues.

Ensure a valid and proportionate approach to statutory assessment in primary schools

  • Lobby the government to reconsider the introduction of the multiplication tables check
  • Lobby the government to ensure changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage and Early Learning Goals are appropriate and relevant for the early years sector
  • Influence the development and implementation of the reception baseline assessment
  • Support members to implement the new statutory assessment for pupils with SEND
  • Identify and challenge the STA over any impact on members of the contract change to deliver statutory assessment in the primary phase
  • Engage with the STA to influence changes and improvements to statutory assessment including moderation and maladministration
  • Campaign for KS2 SPAG to be made non-statutory and oppose any additional statutory testing in the primary phase

Ensure the KS4 and KS5 qualification framework and examination system is fit for purpose

  • Press the government, Ofqual and exam boards to ensure that reformed qualifications, both academic and vocational, meet the needs of all pupils and schools
  • Explore the issue of grade reliability, identifying solutions and improvements which are supported by members and pressing the government and Ofqual for appropriate action
  • Inform members of the latest developments in secondary assessment through engagement with Ofqual, JCQ and awarding organisations. 

Primary Assessment Gateway

On Wednesday 2 October, the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) is launching a new online portal to replace NCA tools.

The Primary Assessment Gateway will be open to primary schools, local authorities and multi-academy trusts for activities relating to 2019/20 national curriculum assessments.

NCA tools users will receive an email to notify them that their new account has been set up. This will contain a link to set a new password.

Please ensure that you:

  • add assessments@education.gov.uk to your safe senders' list
  • check your junk mail folder for any emails from the Primary Assessment Gateway. 


Once you have signed in, select the 'My activity' tab. This is where you can find the tasks you need for test administration in 2019/20. Tasks will only be available at the points in the year when you need to do them.

You can also set up new accounts for colleagues in the 'My activity' tab.

For more information, please see STA's guidance on using the Primary Assessment Gateway.

You can continue to access 2019 key stage 2 test results in NCA tools until 11:59pm on Friday 29 November.

First published 02 October 2019

First published 02 October 2019