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New Baseline Assessments Not to be Used by Government

Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:56 pm
by Elizabeth
This is in the English government website updated a week ago, but I had missed it until today: ... our-school
Information for primary schools about the reception baseline assessment for 2016 to 2017.
Following publication of a study to compare the 3 different reception baseline assessments used in the 2015 to 2016 academic year, we will not use them as the starting point for measuring progress.
Instead, when this year’s reception classes leave primary school in 2022, we will continue to use key stage 1 as the starting point from which to measure pupils’ progress to key stage 2.
Schools can opt to use baseline assessments as on-entry assessments in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
I read Dr David Whitebread's and Nancy Stewart's comments on the Nursery World website: ... ine-u-turn

I am pleased the baseline assessments will not be used by the government for a different reason: I had heard that some schools were delaying teaching children to read until they had completed the assessments. I think it is best to start with a five minute phonics lesson on the first day of school in Reception and then continue daily, gradually for longer periods. Most children are excited about learning to read and they love routine.