Protocol 2 Practice 4 of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics provides for statistical reports to be published at 9.30am on a weekday.

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that it plans to bring forward publication of key stage 2 assessment results compared with previous years. Because of the compressed timescale, DfE told us that it is highly unlikely that it will be able to release these results at 9.30am, but expects to publish them as soon as possible after 11am.

The Authority has confirmed that in these circumstances it is acceptable for DfE to publish these statistics after a delay.