How Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assessments work in Arbor

Where are DfE assessments in Arbor?

We developed a specialised area where you can input and analyse your DfE Assessment data, which is a statutory requirement for schools in England.

Add new DfE Assessments, load assessment templates and import results and input marks in Mark EntrySee past marks in View MarksCompare this year's results to last year in Analysis. Export results as CTFs or Generate PDF reports of results in Export Results.

See the sections below for more links on how to set up and manage these assessments in more details.



Important dates

If you are a school encompassing Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2, you can use Arbor to manage your DfE standardised assessments. Here are the Key dates for 2019:

Key Stage



1 May 2019 Key stage 1 test period
2 Monday 13 May English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
2 Tuesday 14 May English reading
2 Wednesday 15 May Mathematics papers 1 and 2
2 Thursday 16 May Mathematics paper 3
1 Monday 10 June - Friday 14 June Phonics screening check week
1 Monday 24th June Phonics screening check results available from DfE and in Arbor
1 Thursday 27th June The submission deadline for teacher assessments to LAs
2 Thursday 27th June The submission deadline for teacher assessments to NCA tools
1 Thursday 27th June The submission deadline for Head Teacher Declaration Forms for KS1 data and the Phonics Screening Check to NCA tools
All Tuesday 9th July DfE assessment results available from NCA tools and in Arbor

For more information on Key stage 1 and key stage 2 test dates, see this guide from the DfE. 

The full list of key dates can be found in the DfE's National curriculum assessments calendar.




Set up all the relevant standardised assessments for your school. To see how to set up a standardised assessment, click here.


Adding and exporting marks


Add marks for your Teacher Assessments

To see how to add marks into your Phonics Screening Check, click here.

To see how to add marks into any other DfE assessment, click here.

Top Tips: 

  • For the Phonics Screening Check, only fill in the raw marks in the right-hand column, unless you have to input A, D, L or Q. The left-hand column will then automatically show outcomes Wt or Wa on the 24th June.
  • For all assessments (KS1 and KS2) make sure you set up P-scales for all students given the BLW code. 
  • For KS2 Reading and Maths, you only need to add a mark if the student has been given the BLW code. Otherwise, leave the box blank.

For more information about the teacher assessment grades you can give and what they all mean, see the DfE guides. Click here for KS1 and here for KS2.



Send your Teacher Assessments to the DfE or NCA tools

Thursday 27th June is the deadline to submit your teacher assessment data for KS1 to LAs and KS2 to NCA tools. This is also the deadline to submit your Head Teacher Declaration Forms for KS1 data and the Phonics Screening Check to NCA tools.

To see how to generate your CTFs to submit, click here

Remember when exporting your CTF, leave the Year group field blank if you want all the students that took the test are chosen. If you want to, for example, export your year 1 and year 2 Phonics Screening Check data separately, you would select Year 1 in this field.




Import results

To import your KS2 results into Arbor, you will first have to have generated a CTF file from NCA Tools to your computer. You will then need to import the file - click here to find out how.


Analyse results

The threshold mark for the Phonics Screening Check will be available from the DfE on Monday 24th June. In Arbor, student outcomes will automatically appear on the marksheet based on the raw scores you’ve already put in. 

Tuesday 9th July is when the DfE assessment results will be available from NCA tools. You’ll then be able to see student results in DfE Assessments > View Marks. Then analyse your school results on the Students > Assessments > DfE Assessments > Analysis pages.

You can export your results as CTFs or End of Year Reports if you need to send them to NCA tools, the DfE, or parents. To see how, click here.


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