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The Department for Education has published the government’s response to the ‘Primary assessment in England’ public consultation. Details are set out in a statement made to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening.

The response confirms the government’s intention to establish a settled, trusted primary assessment system for the long term, and specifically to:

  • move to a more flexible approach of assessing English writing from the 2017 to 2018 academic year onwards
  • change the starting point for primary school progress measures to the reception year  – with a new statutory assessment to be introduced in reception from 2020
  • remove statutory end of key stage 1 assessments once the reception baseline assessment has become fully established, from 2023
  • remove the duty for teachers to assess pupils against statutory reading and mathematics frameworks at the end of key stage 2 from the 2018 to 2019 academic year onwards
  • improve the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) by clarifying the descriptors underpinning the Early Learning Goals and reviewing supporting guidance
  • introduce an online multiplication tables check to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 from the 2019 to 2020 academic year

The government has also published its response to the parallel consultation on the recommendations of the Rochford Review of assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests.

The DfE is very grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to these consultations. Thank you for attending the recent roundtable events held as part of the consultation. Your contribution and insights on how the DfE can improve the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile were incredibly valuable and helped inform the government’s proposals for the future EYFSP

If you have any queries, please contact the assessment policy team at [email protected] or the Rochford Review team at [email protected].

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