Clarification over the use of ‘Has Not Met’ the standard (HNM), the three pre-key stage assessment codes, i.e., ‘Pre-key stage Growing Development’ (PKG), ‘Pre-key stage Early Development’ (PKE) and ‘Pre-key stage Foundation’ (PKF), and ‘Working
Below the standard of the pre-key stage’ (BLW) when recording teacher assessments.
The pre-key stage standards, i.e. PKG, PKE and PKF, are to be used to make a teacher assessment judgement when a pupil has reached the chronological age where an outcome must be reported for school accountability, but when the pupil is deemed not to have
completed the key stage programme of study in the subject area. In most cases, the pupils assessed against these standards will not have taken one or more of the tests at KS1 or KS2.
In simple terms, pupils entered for the test but who are teacher assessed as working below the ‘expected’ standard are most likely to be assessed as HNM; those who were not entered for one or more of the tests in reading, GPS or maths should have their teacher
assessment recorded using the relevant pre-key stage code(s).
The pre-key stage codes are also relevant to the writing teacher assessment but HNM is replaced by WTS (‘Working Towards the Standard’).
Please note that, when submitting your Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 data, children who are working below ‘working towards the expected standard’ should be assessed according to the standards outlined in the pre-key stage interim assessment frameworks.
The Key Stage 1 pre-key stage interim assessment framework can be found
The Key Stage 2 pre-key stage interim assessment framework can be found
DfE guidance covering submission of KS1 teacher assessments can be found
DfE guidance covering submission of KS2 teacher assessments can be found