Detailed guide: Key stage 1 assessments data collection: guide to submitting data

Updated: Updated deadlines for 2018 and added a technical specification for 2018 data collection.

The key stage 1 (KS1) assessments data collection is a statutory data collection that takes place each June. You must complete statutory data collections by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

Local authorities must submit KS1 assessments for all state-funded schools, including academies and free schools.

You should submit teacher assessment information for all pupils at the end of KS1 for:

  • reading
  • writing
  • mathematics
  • science

You can find guidance on how to collect this information in section 8 of the KS1 assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA).

KS1 covers years 1 and 2.

Important dates

Dates for the 2018 data collection:

  • collection opens: Monday 11 June 2018
  • deadline for submitting data: Friday 27 July 2018

Please note that you need to submit your return by the deadline (27 July 2018) for me to include your data in the ‘Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessment’ statistical first release and on the analyse school performance website.

Submit your data

You should submit your data using COLLECT, My centralised data collection and management system.

Note that I’ll only be able to change the status of your data submission to ‘authorised’ once you’ve cleared all errors in the data in COLLECT.

Collection documents

The following documents will help you prepare for the 2018 return:

If you are looking for guides from past KS1 assessments data collections, visit the KS1 assessments data collection: closed collections’ page.

Do you need help?

Submitting data

Please use the service request form if you have any questions about your data. I aim to answer your question within 5 working days.

Accessing COLLECT

Reset your Secure Access login details using the forgotten password or username form.

Please contact your school or local authority approver, if:

  • you want to request a Secure Access username or password so you can access COLLECT
  • ‘key stage 1 assessments data collection’ isn’t on the list of collections you can see in COLLECT

If you don’t know who your approver is, please use the Secure Access service request form.


Please use the feedback form if you have any comments about My data collection service, including COLLECT and the helpdesk service.

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