Last month the government brought forward the submission date for Sats test, but this has now been pushed back again to June following complaints from teachers' unions.
This year's deadline for schools to submit assessments by teachers of their pupils' writing tests would have therefore been four weeks earlier than last year. Schools were worried the shorter timescale would raise pressure on both staff and pupils as it coincided with the introduction of higher standards demanded in the tests.
Schools minister Nick Gibb said in a letter to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) that he was "prepared, for this year only, to relax the deadlines in recognition of the unique circumstance of teachers working with a new framework to new standards".
Mr Gibb said teachers would now have until the end of June to submit the data. He also pushed back to the same date the deadline for submitting data for tests on seven-year-olds.
Commenting on the decision, Mr Gibb said the government had worked closely with teachers and head teachers.
"The NAHT's readiness to work with us, rather than use the media to scaremonger, has meant that we have been able to have a sensible discussion. As a result we have made changes, which I hope will allay teachers' concerns about workload and disruption," the minister said.
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