Key stage 2 national curriculum tests can be rescheduled for individual children or for a whole cohort, with the Standards and Testing Agency's (STA) permission and subject to strict criteria. This is known as a timetable variation.
There are two types of timetable variation available:
Under no circumstances may a test be taken before the day specified in the statutory timetable.
Schools must complete the appropriate form on the 'Access arrangements' section of the NCA tools website to use a timetable variation.
If you are in any doubt about the type of timetable variation to make, contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013 as early as possible.
Requests for timetable variations for individual children or for a whole cohort may be granted, subject to the following strict criteria:
It is the headteacher’s responsibility to make a judgement about any proposed timetable variations.
Schools must not administer a timetable variation unless the headteacher can confirm that:
Headteachers may choose to contact the child’s parents to confirm that the integrity of the tests has been maintained.
It is maladministration for a school to vary the statutory test timetable without permission from STA or without providing notification to STA, as appropriate. This could lead to the annulment of children's results.
STA will consider applications for a change to the test timetable for an individual child or the whole cohort under the following circumstances:
STA will not allow a change to the test timetable for:
The test must not be taken until the application has been formally approved.
You will receive an automated email if your application has been approved, rejected or if more information is required. To check the outcome of an application, or to see whether further information is required, log in to the 'Access arrangements' section of NCA tools.
Schools must notify STA of a timetable change for individual children made on the day of a test. Examples of acceptable circumstances are:
In the interest of child welfare, the timetable cannot be varied for children to take the tests before 7.00am or after 7.00pm.
Schools may administer the test to a child once the timetable notification has been made. They do not have to wait until the notification has been formally approved.
National curriculum assessments helpline
Telephone: 0300 303 3013