This page provides information about keeping test materials secure and examples of good practice to help you achieve the highest possible standard of security for the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests.
Maintaining the security of test materials is important. It ensures the confidentiality of the tests is maintained and that no child has an unfair advantage over another.
The 2013 Key Stage 2 Assessment and reporting arrangements contains useful information about test security, in particular section 6.4 Receiving test materials, section 6.5 Storage of test materials and section 9 Administering the National Curriculum tests.
The 2013 Test administrators' guide includes detailed guidance about receiving test materials, reporting delivery errors and storing materials before, during and after the tests. This will be sent to schools during the week commencing 15 April.
You can download both these documents from the Key dates and resources page.
These steps are suggested to keep the materials secure:
If your school is going to be used as a polling station during the test period, you should ensure that the test materials are secure and kept away from the areas used for the polling station and their staff. Check the test materials before and after the opening and closing of the polling station to ensure the boxes have not been tampered with.
Further help and advice about security in schools is available from your local policing teams. Visit the Police website for further details.
National Curriculum assessments helpline
Telephone: 0300 303 3013
A summary of important dates for the 2013 Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test cycle, with key guidance including the Assessment and reporting arrangements and Test administrators' guide.
Local crime and policing website for England and Wales.