A child who normally uses a word processor may use it for the mathematics tests. However, for the English tests, word processors may only be used by a child with:
A child who uses a word processor for its editorial functions must not use it in the tests. For all tests, word processor tools that help with spelling, punctuation and grammar must be switched off.
Technical or electrical aids
Voice-activated software may be used as long as any editorial functions are turned off and the validity and reliability of the tests are maintained.
The use of predictive text must be normal classroom practice. It can be used for a child who has a physical impairment or learning difficulty that prevents them from accessing the test in the given time without using predictive text. Predictive text must not be used in the spelling component of the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test.
The word bank from which words are drawn must be no shorter than the average-sized school dictionary. It is not acceptable to use packages that rely solely on word lists created by teachers.
Making arrangements to use a word processor or other technical or electrical aid
Schools do not need to seek permission from STA or their local authority before making arrangements of this kind. Schools must download the Use of a word processor or other technical or electrical aid form and attach a completed copy to the front of each script and transcript before they are sent for marking. The form can be downloaded from this page.
National Curriculum assessments helpline
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Schools should use this form to notify markers that a child has used a word processor or other technical or electrical aid during a Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test.
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This statutory guidance covers assessment and reporting requirements for Key Stage 2. It includes guidance on Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests; information about teacher assessment; and requirements for reporting results to parents.
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