Primary assessment in England

Closed 22 Jun 2017

Opened 30 Mar 2017


This consultation seeks views on the future of primary assessment and the implications for accountability.

Why your views matter

We have introduced a number of changes to primary education in recent years to raise standards so that every child, whatever their background, is prepared to go on to succeed at secondary school. The new national curriculum, introduced in 2014, and new statutory assessments have raised expectations of what pupils should know and be able to do by the time they leave primary school. Recognising the scale of the changes that we have asked primary schools to deal with, this consultation represents a significant step towards establishing a settled, stable primary assessment system that is trusted by teachers and parents.

What happens next

The results of the consultation and the department's response will be published on GOV.UK in September 2017.



  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Local authorities
  • Pupils
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments


  • Education
  • Early learning and childcare
  • Early years foundation stage
  • Key stage 1
  • Key stage 2
  • Performance tables
  • Teacher assessment
  • Primary assessment
  • Accountability