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Reception baseline assessment: national voluntary pilot sign-up

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The national voluntary pilot of the reception baseline assessment (RBA) is taking place in autumn 2019.

Schools can sign up between 1 March and 5 April 2019 to participate in the pilot. All state-funded schools received an email from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on Friday 1 March containing an individualised link to sign up. If schools are struggling with their sign-up link, NFER's email also contained details of the helpline phone number and email address.

NAHT believes that the approach of working with the DfE, Standards and Testing Agency (STA) and NFER on the development and piloting of the assessment is in the best interests of school staff, parents and children, to ensure that the baseline assessment is well designed and properly implemented.

Therefore, we would encourage our members to participate in the pilot and to feedback on what works and what might need improving in the RBA, contributing to a full evaluation of the pilot. High levels of participation in the pilot will also enable the removal of key stage 1 SATs at soon as possible. You can read more about NAHT's policy position on the RBA here.

The STA has published the assessment framework for the RBA and this provides details about the assessment for the pilot year, including information about the content of the assessment and its design. 

There is also a video that provides details about the assessment including its purpose and how it will work in practice.

You can find the assessment framework, supporting document and video here

First published 04 March 2019