Primary Assessment & Moderation

Academies/Free or Independent Schools

If you are an academy, free school or independent school in Surrey, you can choose which local authority provides your statutory assessment services. If you purchase the Primary Statutory Assessment Service Contract through SAfE, then we can provide your statutory monitoring and moderation visits.

Then, select Surrey on the Primary Assessment Gateway as your local authority before January 12th 2024 deadline.

Key Stage 1

The assessment at the end of Key Stage 1 is no longer statutory and there will be no external moderation visits for Year 2. Data will not be collected by the local authority and end of Key Stage 1 results will not be a school accountability measure.

You can access optional test materials and apply the non-statutory teacher assessment framework to support your in-school assessment.

National curriculum assessments: optional key stage 1 tests – GOV.UK

The Phonics Screening Check remains statutory and schools may be subject to a monitoring visit the week prior to the screening, the week of the screening and the week after the screening. Local authorities have a statutory duty to monitor at least 10% of academies and free schools that have selected that local authority as their provider.

Phonics screening check: 2023 materials – GOV.UK 

Key Stage 2

This is statutory in Year 4 and schools will be expected to follow STA guidance on how to administer the check. Multiplication tables check – GOV.UK

There are no monitoring visits for the administration of the Multiplication Tables Check.

Academies have a statutory duty to ensure that the Key Stage 2 assessments are administered to all eligible pupils. Schools should ensure that these are administered in accordance with published test administration guidance. Independent schools can administer the Key Stage 2 tests provided they have a written agreement in place with their chosen local authority for monitoring their end of Key Stage 2 tests and moderating their Key Stage 2 English writing Teacher Assessment, if relevant.

Local authorities are expected to provide monitoring visits to at least 10% of academies, free schools and independent schools that have selected that local authority for their statutory services.

External Key Stage 2 moderation remains statutory to ensure that teacher assessments are accurate and consistent with national standards. Teachers should assess all relevant pupils using the Teacher Assessment Frameworks and exemplification materials: Key stage 2 teacher assessment – GOV.UK

Local authorities conduct external moderation on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education and they are required to externally moderate at least 25% of schools every year at the end of Key Stage 2. Selected schools will have a sample of their English writing outcomes moderated and participate in a professional discussion with a Key Stage 2 moderator. This is a dialogue between teachers and moderators to discuss judgements, use the Teacher Assessment Frameworks and ensure consistency with national standards. If your school is chosen for an external moderation visit, you will be invited to a briefing session where the process is fully explained.

Monitoring Visits

Monitoring visits for both the Phonics Screening Check and Key Stage 2 tests are unannounced visits during the test window. These visits will be carried out by School Improvement Advisors who will be checking to ensure that schools have followed the guidance regarding:

  • keeping the Phonics Screening Check/KS1 (if using) and KS2 test materials secure 
  • administration of the check/KS2 tests 
  • scoring the Phonics Screening Check 
  • packing up of Key Stage 2 tests 

If your school receives a monitoring visit, you must allow those monitoring to: 

  • see where materials are stored and check delivery notes 
  • observe any checks/KS2 tests being administered 
  • see copies of any correspondence with the STA regarding the administration of the test 

Additional Services