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The baseline must be drawn here – this far, no further

Assessment for four-year-olds isn't necessarily a bad idea, writes Michael Tidd – we just need to remember that it is an indication of where children are at the start of school, not a blueprint for the next seven years of their school life

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Reception baseline is in the headlines again, and once again there’s a campaign against it. It was always going to be a controversial issue – not helped by the failed attempt at introducing a just such a measure a few years ago – but I still think there are some merits to taking a simple measure on entry that are worth remembering.

Firstly, let’s set aside the issue of the recent failed attempt. When the Department for Education first set out to introduce a baseline, one of the oddest things about it was the decision to let multiple providers offer different assessments. When they consulted on ...

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