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Educational Visits: National Curriculum Tests

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received in respect of the cancellation of school excursions arising from the proposed scheduling of Key Stage 2 standard assessment tests in June. (287147)

Key Stage 2 tests in 2010 will be administered between 10 and 14 May as planned; schools will not need to cancel school excursions in 2010 as a result of the scheduling of Key Stage 2 tests.

The Government have accepted the Expert Group on Assessment's recommendation that National Curriculum Key Stage 2 tests should be administered in the middle of June, rather than in May. Having taken account of QCA and Ofqual's advice, we will seek to implement the Expert Group's recommendation on moving the test to mid June in 2011.