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  Teacher assessment
4 - 5 Reception Reception Baseline Assessment & Teacher assessment

 

 

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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