Data and Assessment

Data and Assessment

primary school buildingFor the most current and up-to-date information relating to COVID-19 and support for schools and settings during the wider re-opening phase, please visit our COVID-19 webpage. Any COVID-19 resources on our team pages are still relevant and useful but are more general or relate to earlier phases of lockdown and partial school closures. Many of our general resources will also be useful at this time.


The Data and Assessment team supports schools to provide effective advice and guidance on all elements of statutory national curriculum assessment, recording and reporting requirements across all key stages.

The team continues to provide comprehensive information in relation to pupil performance data issues in schools and colleges, working with a number of external data providers to ensure that Devon schools have access to up-to-date information, advice and guidance in a period of fast moving educational developments.

In addition, the team are able to support bespoke training and guidance drawing on the most recent legislation and information to meet the needs of the educational community in Devon.


Phonics Screening Check for year 2 pupils during the second half of the Autum Term. Guidance can be found here.

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Assessments 2020-2021

Due to the challenging circumstances faced by schools in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, statutory introduction of the Reception Baseline Assessment has been postponed to Autumn 2021. Instead, schools have had the opportunity to be part of the EYFSP Early Adpters who have their own framework and handbook.

The usual assessments are planned to go ahead this year as well as the introduction of the Multiplication tables check (year 4 pupils) and we expect to have further information and timelines following the release of guidance in October.

Following the Rochford Review, the government announced plans to introduce the engagement model. This is a new form of assessment for pupils working below the standard of the key stage 1 or key stage 2 national curriculum tests and not engaged in subject-specific study. It will replace P scales 1 to 4 and will become statutory from the 2021/22 academic year.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020/21 academic year will be a transitionary year for the assessment of pupils working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study. The transitionary year to allow schools time to prepare for, and start embedding, the engagement model.

This means, in the 2020/21 academic year, schools will have a choice to use either:

  • the engagement model for the assessment of pupils working below the level of the national curriculum and who are not engaged in subject-specific study
  • P scales 1-4 for a further year.

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Data and Assessment

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Devon's Strategy for School Effectiveness


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