Last reviewed 21 April 2021

The Education (National Curriculum) (Key Stages 1 and 2 Assessment Arrangements) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Order 2021 came into force on 20 April 2021 to make amendments to the legislation relating to primary school assessments.

The full text is available at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/479/pdfs/uksi_20210479_en.pdf.

Articles 2 and 3 of the Order respectively amend all provisions of the Education (National Curriculum) (Key Stage 2 Assessment Arrangements) (England) Order 2003 (SI 2003/1038) and of the Education (National Curriculum) (Key Stage 1 Assessment Arrangements) (England) Order 2004 (SI 2004/2783).

This is in respect of the duties or obligations placed on head teachers, governing bodies and local authorities in relation to the Key Stages 1 and 2 assessments, checks and tests due to take place during the 2020-21 school year, with the exception of the provisions under 5A of the 2004 Order, which are disapplied for the summer term of the 2020-21 school year only.

This has the effect that the Key Stages 1 and 2 assessments, checks, tests and related obligations, which would otherwise have taken place in, or in relation to, the 2020-21 school year (and in the case of the phonics screening check, the summer term of the 2020-21 school year) are no longer legally required.