Welcome to the NCA tools website

This website is to be used throughout the 2018 national curriculum assessment cycle for all test administration activities.

Logging in

To log in, enter your registered email address and password then select 'Sign in'.

Your registered email address is the email address used to access NCA tools during the 2017 to 2018 assessment cycle. Web-based email addresses (such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo) cannot be used on this website.

Super users should review nominated users within their organisation to ensure they should continue to have access to NCA tools.


All passwords will be reset at the end of September 2017. When you log in for the first time after that, you will be prompted to change your password.

All passwords for NCA tools must contain at least eight characters and include three of the following:

  • one uppercase character (such as A, B, C) 
  • one lowercase character (such as a, b, c) 
  • one numeric character (such as 1, 2, 3) and/or 
  • one special character (such as £, &, *).

For example: Security#2

All new users will need to create a new password. To do this, you will need to:

  • click on the 'Forgotten your password?' link
  • enter your registered email address and select 'Submit' 
  • go to your inbox for this email address 
  • click on the unique link in the email to reset your password 
  • in the new screen, enter a new password and then enter it again to confirm before selecting 'Submit'.

Emails from NCA tools

We are aware that some users experience difficulties receiving system-generated emails from NCA tools, including the emails that allow users to create a new password.

To make sure you receive emails from NCA tools, please ensure your ICT department accepts all email addresses ending in 'education.gov.uk'. If your system cannot be amended to accept all emails from NCA tools, please ensure that assessments@education.gov.uk is added to your organisation's safe senders email list. Including these email addresses on the safe senders email list will allow emails to be sent straight through to recipients and not blocked by spam filters.

Further help

For support using NCA tools, contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013, email assessments@education.gov.uk or typetalk 18001 0370 000 2288.