Guide to UK Key Stages by age & year
The UK Key Stages are targets to be achieved in various subject areas as set out in the UK National Curriculum.
The UK Key Stages were first defined in 1988 Education Reform Act to accompany the first introduction of the National Curriculum.Â The following guideÂ has been particularly helpful for our overseas teachers.
YÂ = School years
Key Stage 0 (KS0)
Age 3â€“5. Y0.Â Nursery / Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)
Key Stage 1 (KS1)
Age 5â€“7. Y1â€“2. 1stâ€“2nd form infants
Key Stage 2 (KS2)
Age 7â€“11. Y3â€“6. 1stâ€“4th form juniors 11 plus (generally only for Grammar School entry)
Key Stage 3 (KS3)
Age 11â€“14. Y7â€“9. 1stâ€“3rd form secondary
Key Stage (KS4)
Age 14â€“16. Y10â€“11. 4thâ€“5th form secondary GCSEs
Key Stage (KS5)
Age 16â€“18. Y12â€“13. Sixth form secondary, FE college A-Levels, AS-Levels, NVQs, Diplomas
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