National Curriculum Age & Years

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

​Education ​Age Year​ Key Stage​ ​Assessment

​​Early Years Education

​2 - 4 Nursery​

​Early Years Foundation Stage ​

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​​4 - 5 ​Reception ​Teacher assessment

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​ ​Primary Education

​5 - 6 Year 1

​Key Stage 1 ​

Teacher assessment & Phonics Screening Check​
​6 - 7 Year 2 ​National curriculum tests in English reading, mathematics and English grammar, punctuation and spelling
​7 - 8 Year 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 - 12 Year 7

 

​Key Stage 3

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