National Tests

Teachers assess children every day to check their knowledge and understanding of the main subjects taught during a lesson. This is usually through questioning and discussing work produced by each child and sometimes through tests and more formal assessments.

Each Year, children in Year 1, 2 and 6 also take part in national tests organised by the Department of Education. Results from these tests are used to hold schools to account for the progress and attainment achieved by each child.

In Year 1, pupils sit a Phonics Screening Check. This takes place in June and the children are required to read 40 words to check whether they have a good knowledge of phonics.

In Year 2, children will be tested in English and maths during May. Please watch this video to find out more.

In Year 6, children are also tested in maths and  English (reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation) in the second week of May. Please watch this video for more information.

Please see your child's teacher if you would like any further information about tests carried out in school.