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National curriculum

The Government sets the national curriculum which is implemented by schools to ensure all pupils of a compulsory school age receive the same kind of work in the same range of subjects that is balanced, manageable but also sufficiently challenging.  
The national curriculum is delivered in four key stages, these are detailed below and determine when national tests are taken by pupils.
Age             
Key Stage              
Year Group     
Tests
3-4
Foundation
4-5
Foundation
5-6
Key Stage 1
Year 1
Phonics screening
6-7
Key Stage 1
Year 2
Teacher assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics
7-8
Key Stage 2
Year 3
8-9
Key Stage 2
Year 4
9-10
Key Stage 2
Year 5
10-11
Key Stage 2
Year 6
National tests in English (reading) and Mathematics:  
Teacher assessment of writing
11-12
Key Stage 3
Year 7
12-13
Key Stage 3
Year 8
13-14
Key Stage 3
Year 9
14-15
Key Stage 4
Year 10
Some children take GCSEs
15-16
Key Stage 4
Year 11
Most children take GCSEs or other national qualifications
Full details of the national requirement can be obtained from the Qualification and Curriculum Development Agency.