National Curriculum Age & Years

 

The following table gives an overview of education from early years to further education.

 
​Education​AgeYear​Key Stage​​Assessment

​​Early Years Education

​2 - 4Nursery​

​Early Years Foundation Stage

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​​4 - 5​Reception​Teacher assessment

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​ ​Primary Education

​5 - 6Year 1

​Key Stage 1

Teacher assessment & Phonics Screening Check​
​6 - 7Year 2​National curriculum tests in English reading, mathematics and English grammar, punctuation and spelling
​7 - 8Year 3

 

​Key Stage 2

​Teacher assessment
​8 - 9​Year 4​Teacher assessment
​9 - 10​Year 5​Teacher assessment
10 - 11​Year 6​National curriculum tests in English reading, mathematics and English grammar, punctuation and spelling

 

Secondary Education​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​11 - 12Year 7

 

​Key Stage 3

​Teacher assessment
​12 - 13Year 8​Teacher assessment
​13 - 14Year 9​Teacher assessment
​14 - 15Year 10​Key Stage 4 Teacher assessment
​15 - 16Year 11GCSE, BTEC Level 1, BTEC Level 2 or other vocational qualifications
Further Education ​​16 - 17Year 12​Key Stage 5 AS exams, BTEC level 3​ or other vocational qualfications
​17 - 18Year 13AS, ​A level exams, BTEC level 3 or other vocational qualifications

 

School leaving age 

Students can leave school at 16 but must then do one of the following until they turn 18:

  • stay in full-time education - such as college
  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training