National Curriculum Age & Years

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

EducationAgeYearKey StageAssessment
Early Years Education2 - 4NurseryEarly Years Foundation Stage Teacher assessment
4 - 5ReceptionTeacher assessment

 

 

Primary Education

5 - 6Year 1Key Stage 1Teacher assessment & Phonics Screening Check
6 - 7Year 2National curriculum tests in English reading, mathematics and English grammar, punctuation and spelling
7 - 8Year 3

 

Key Stage 2

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

 

Secondary Education

11 - 12Year 7

 

Key Stage 3

Teacher assessment
12 - 13Year 8Teacher assessment
13 - 14Year 9Teacher assessment
14 - 15Year 10Key Stage 4Teacher assessment
15 - 16Year 11GCSE, BTEC Level 1, BTEC Level 2 or other vocational qualifications
Further Education16 - 17Year 12Key Stage 5AS exams, BTEC level 3 or other vocational qualifications
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
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