An expert look at… ... the big question marks over baseline assessment

Every week, one of our reporters will take a look at one of their specialist topics and offer their unique insight. This week, Helen Ward reflects on the concerns over the introduction of the new Reception baseline assessment

Teachers have raised some major concerns about the introduction of a Reception baseline assessment

In September, schools will have the chance to try out the proposed Reception baseline assessment on their four- and five-year-olds.

The assessment has been controversial: critics say it is “unnecessary”, “pointless”, “damaging” and “immoral”.

But headteacher unions have backed it, it’s already been trialled in 300 schools and, if the pilot is successful, it will become statutory in 2020.

Details of how the test will work have been revealed. There will be practical tasks using physical resources, with an online scoring system that the teacher will complete.

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