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Key stage 2: science sampling tests 2018

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Every 2 years a sample of pupils sit tests in science. A sample of approximately 1,900 schools is selected to participate and in each of the selected schools up to 5 pupils take the tests.

 The next science sampling tests take place in June 2018.

 Selected pupils will sit the tests on a single day during a 2-week period from Monday 4 June to Friday 15 June 2018.

 Each test consists of 3 papers, and each paper will take no longer than 25 minutes to complete.

 Those schools selected to take part will be notified by email on 23 April 2018.

 Headteachers of schools selected to participate in the science sampling tests have a statutory duty to implement the assessment arrangements in their schools. They must ensure that:

  • teachers and other staff comply with the arrangements for the sampling tests
  • selected pupils take the tests if they are working at the standard in science at the end of the KS2 programme of study

Test administration

The tests will be administered in schools by NFER administrators.

NFER will send detailed information to selected schools about the administration process, along with a notification of selection letter.

NFER will then contact schools by the middle of May to agree which day they will visit the school to administer the tests and to confirm which pupils have been selected to take part.

The NFER test administrator will bring with them all necessary test materials when they attend participating schools and will take away pupils' completed test scripts for marking.

Test results

Test results will be reported as national data only. No individual school or pupil will be identified within the published data.

Individual pupil and school test results will not be:

  • used for school accountability or performance tables
  • shared with Ofsted, Regional Schools Commissioners or any other third party
  • returned to schools or pupils
First published 29 March 2018