On 11th April 2018, the Department for Education confirmed that the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has been chosen as the supplier to design and deliver the new reception baseline assessment (RBA).
It will be an activity-based assessment of pupils’ ability in:
- Communication, language and literacy
- Early mathematical skills
The aforementioned baseline assessment will become a statutory assessment from September 2020; as such Crayke Church of England Primary School has chosen to be part of the large-scale voluntary pilot, which will commence in September 2019.
The assessment will be age appropriate and last approximately 20 minutes – Mrs. Sheppard will record the results on a computer. It will not be used to label or track individual pupils. No numerical score will be shared, and the data will only be used at the end of Year 6 to form the school-level progress measure. However, Mrs. Sheppard will receive a series of short, narrative statements that tell her how the pupils performed in the assessment at that time. These can be used to inform and support teaching within the first term. Additional information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-baseline-assessment-framework
If parents/carers have any questions about this, or wish to discuss their child’s participation further, it is important that they speak to Mrs. Sheppard or Mr. Buttery in the first instance. The assessments will commence from Tuesday 10th September 2019.