Primary school pupil assessment: Rochford Review recommendations

Closed 22 Jun 2017

Opened 30 Mar 2017


This consultation seeks views on the recommendations for assessing pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests.

Why We Are Consulting

A proportion of pupils haven’t completed the relevant programmes of study when they reach the appropriate age for statutory assessments, and are therefore unable to sit national curriculum tests. This is a diverse group, with above average numbers of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and pupils with English as an additional language. It’s crucial schools support all children to achieve their potential.

Through this consultation, we aim to establish an appropriate means of assessment that allows these pupils to progress to the mainstream forms of statutory assessment if, and when, they are ready.



What Happens Next

The results of this consultation and the department’s response will be published in September 2017.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Local authorities
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • 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
  • Disabled children
  • SEND code of practice
  • Teaching and learning (SEND)
  • Teacher assessment
  • Primary assessment
  • Accountability