Clarification over the use of ‘Has Not Met’ the standard (HNM) or 'Working Towards the Standard' (WTS), the pre-key stage assessment code(s)* and ‘Working Below the standard of the pre-key stage’ (BLW) when recording teacher assessments.
*Key Stage 1 pre-key stage assessment code: ‘Pre-key stage F.oundation’ (PKF)
*Key Stage 2 pre-key stage assessment codes: ‘Pre-key stage Growing Development’ (PKG), ‘Pre-key stage Early Development’ (PKE) and ‘Pre-key stage Foundation’ (PKF).
The pre-key stage standards, i.e. code PKF at KS1 and codes PKG, PKE and PKF at KS2, are to be used to make a teacher assessment judgement when a pupil has reached the chronological age where an outcome must be reported, 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 Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 2.
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 WTS or HNM (depending on the key stage and subject); those who were not entered for one or more of the tests
in reading, writing or maths at Key Stage 1 / reading, GPS or maths at Key Stage 2 should have their teacher assessment recorded using the relevant pre-key stage code(s).
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