3.—(1) In this Order–

“the associated documents” means the documents published by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, setting out any levels of attainment, attainment targets and programmes of study in relation to the core and other foundation subjects, which documents have effect by virtue of the respective section 87(3)(a) and (b) orders for those subjects for the time being in force(1);

“AT” means attainment target;

“the Authority” means the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority established under section 21 of the Education Act 1997(2);

“the core subjects” means English, mathematics and science;

“external marking agency” means a body nominated by the Authority and approved by the Secretary of State to mark NC tests;

“NC tests” means National Curriculum tests administered to pupils for the purpose of assessing the level of attainment which they have achieved in any core subject;

“NC assessment timetable” means a timetable for the administration of NC tests, being respectively tests and a timetable laid down in provisions made by the Secretary of State under article 12 which have been published by the Authority(3);

“the other foundation subjects” means design and technology, information and communication technology, physical education, history, geography, art and design, music, citizenship and a modern foreign language specified in an order of the Secretary of State or, if the Order so specifies, any modern foreign language(4);

“record of the results”, for the purposes of articles 8 and 10 , means a record of the results of a pupil in respect of the NC tests administered to him under article 8, consisting of a statement of each level of attainment achieved by the pupil;

“section 87(3)(a) and (b) orders” means orders made or which have effect as if they were made under section 87(3)(a) or (b) of the Education Act 2002 specifying attainment targets and programmes of study;

“specified” means specified in relation to the third key stage by a section 87(3)(a) and (b) order;

“summer term” means the final term in the school year.

(2) In this Order references to the third key stage are, subject to the operation of section 82(2) to (5) of the Education Act 2002, references to the period set out in paragraph (c) of section 82(1) of that Act.

(3) In this Order references to levels of attainment, attainment targets and programmes of study are references to the levels, targets and programmes set out in the associated documents.

(4) Where any average number required to be determined by this Order is not a whole number, it shall be rounded to the nearest whole number, the fraction one half being rounded upwards to the next whole number.


The relevant orders for the third key stage are S.I. 2000/1604 (English), 2000/1598 (mathematics), 2000/1600 (science), 2000/1606 (history), 2000/1605 (geography), 2000/1599 (design and technology), 2000/1595 (modern foreign languages), 2000/1602 (art and design), 2000/1597 (music), 2000/1607 (physical education), 2000/1601 (information and communication technology) and 2000/1603 (citizenship).


As at the date this Order is made, the document is entitled “Key Stage 3 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements”; the document can be obtained through QCA Publications, PO Box 99, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 6SN.


See the Education (National Curriculum) (Modern Foreign Languages) Order 1991, S.I. 1991/2567.