New KS1 tests from 2016

Ramblings of a Teacher

I am not a KS1 expert, but I have one on hand. This article will therefore be updated in the coming days with a bit of commentary on what’s changing. For now, it just contains an outline of what is shown in the new frameworks for testing. It appears that new tests will be published each year from now on.


There will be two tests, each with a recommended duration of approximately 30 minutes (not strictly timed). The first will be a combined reading and answer paper, which will be part-read to children. The second will be completed independently and will be of higher challenge. Between 60% and 90% of marks will be awarded for comprehension, with up to 30% awarded for inference, and up to 10% awarded for understanding ‘language for effect’.

The outline of the papers is included in this table from the specification:

KS1 Reading Content

The final total score…

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