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Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)

What is the Reception Baseline?

The Reception Baseline Assessment focuses on:

  • language, communication and literacy
  • mathematics

The RBA will be a short task-based assessment. Pupils will use practical resources to complete these tasks and teachers will record the results on a laptop, computer or tablet. It will not be used to label or track individual pupils. Schools will be required to carry out the assessment within the first 6 weeks of pupils starting reception. 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, teachers will receive a series of short, narrative statements that tell them how their pupils performed in the assessment. These can be used to inform teaching within the first term.

Where can I find further information about the Reception Baseline Assessments?

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