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NI Curriculum

Assessment Arrangements to Support the NI Curriculum

From September 2012 new assessment arrangements have been in place to support the Northern Ireland Curriculum. These include arrangements for assessment of the cross-curricular skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. During 2011-12 CCEA offered teachers In-Service Training (face-to-face and online) to support the introduction of these new assessment arrangements for Communication and Using Mathematics. Since 2010 CCEA has carried out a process of ongoing engagement and development, including:

  • a small 'Shadow Year' trial with a number of primary and post-primary schools (2011-2012); and
  • the first two years' implementation of new assessment arrangements for Communication and Using Mathematics (2012-2013 and 2013-2014).

This work helped inform CCEA's most recent policy advice to the Minister on changes to the assessment arrangements.

Schools are required to assess and report pupils' progress in the cross-curricular skills. At Key Stages 1 and 2, teachers assess and report with reference to the Levels of Progression for Communication and Using Mathematics. (There is no requirement to use the Levels of Progression, as yet, for Using ICT although schools must still assess and report progress for their pupils). For Communication and Using Mathematics schools are required to report numerical outcomes to parents and to CCEA at the end of each key stage. Moderation processes for Communication and Using Mathematics are in place to quality assure outcomes.

After the rollout of the Assessing the Cross-Curricular Skills INSET in 2012/13, CCEA talked to a number of schools about how it had helped them to plan for the implementation of the new Assessment Arrangements.

Find out more about how three schools planned for the changes in assessment.

Information for schools to share with parents on Key Stages 1 and 2 Statutory Assessment Arrangements

This PowerPoint presentation is designed to support schools to share information, with parents/guardians/carers, about the new Key Stages 1 and 2 statutory assessment requirements. The principal or a member of staff can use this presentation for example, at Key Stages 1 and 2 parents' evenings.

Information for Parents on Statutory Assessment Arrangements PDF, 1.5 MB Right Click and save this PowerPoint to your computer to view slides and additional notes

Parents' Guide To Assessment, Key Stages 1 and 2 - 2014/2015 PDF, 372 KB - NB: Hardcopies of the parents' information leaflets can be obtained on request from CCEA via telephone (028) 9026 1228 or email

Treoir do Thuismitheoirí Maidir leis an Mheasúnú Eochairchéimeanna 1 agus 2 - 2014/2015 PDF, 376 KB