In March 2020, the Secretary of State for Education announced that the 2019/20 national curriculum assessments would not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The following assessments were cancelled:
end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 assessments (including tests and teacher assessment)
phonics screening check
multiplication tables check
science sampling tests
all statutory trialling
The department recognises this creates a gap in KS1 and KS2 attainment data for year 2 and year 6 pupils in 2020 and future progress measures that rely on that data will also be missing. As there were no formal assessments in the 2019/20 academic year, schools have not been asked to provide assessment data to Ofsted or local authorities.