Key Stage Bulletin 2023

This is a statutory requirement by the DFE. 

 This FAQ contains the latest information and guides regarding the Key Stage Return 2023. 

Please see below for further guidance 

For further information please email or call 01392 385300

Update- Phonics Threshold score 

The phonics threshold score for 2023 is 32. Please see- DFE Phonics 2023 for further details

UPDATE- Changes to ‘A’ Grade for EYFS

Please see the following FAQ for changes to ‘A’ Code-

Important Dates

Phonics Threshold mark release date- 26th June 2023 – This information will be published on

Schools must produce CTF files containing the results to




and provide to your Local authority on the date they specify.

Schools must also produce a CTF for KS2 Pupils and upload the file to the Primary Assessment Gateway



DFE guidance websites 

Primary assessments: future dates

Phonics screening check data collection: guide to submitting data

Guide: How to use the Primary Assessment Gateway KS2

Useful FAQ’s

Changes to Key Stage Since 2022

How to create CTF for primary Assessment Gateway-KS2

How to delete an incorrect mark from a marksheet

Guidance for SIMS Schools (please click links below)


KeyStage Year-1-and-Year-2-Phonics-2023



Key Stage England Guide

Guidance for Arbor Schools (please click links below)

DFE statutory Primary Assessments- Arbor

KS1 and KS2 setup Arbor

Phonics- Arbor


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