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National Curriculum Tests

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what meetings he has had in the last 12 months on the proposal to move Key Stage 2 standard assessment tests to June; and who was present at each meeting. (286082)

The Expert Group on Assessment consulted widely before publishing its recommendations, including the proposal to move Key Stage National Curriculum tests to June. The Department has accepted the group's recommendations in full. Ministers have met regularly with officials to discuss the group's proposals, including the recommendation to move Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test dates to June.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whom he consulted on proposals to change the announced dates for Key Stage 2 standard assessment tests. (286084)

The Expert Group on Assessment consulted widely before publishing its recommendations, including the proposal to move key stage national curriculum tests to June. The Department has accepted the group’s recommendations in full.

Having taken account of advice from the Qualification and Standards Authority (QCA) and the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), tests in 2010 will take place as planned in the week commencing 10 May. We will seek to implement the expert group’s recommendation on moving the test to mid June in 2011; this will help to strengthen transition arrangements for year 6 pupils; it will also help to embed our Assessment for Learning strategy and the role of teacher assessment.