Briefing: Assessing children at the start of schooling in England

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
October 8, 2019
Megan Pacey
Issues Covered
  • Assessment of children starting school
  • Primary school accountablity
  • Reception Baseline Assessment
Children's services and education
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Reception baseline assessment starts in autumn 2020 although most primary schools are trialling it this year. It forms the baseline for primary school progress measures enabling such schools to be held to account for the seven years of primary education. It is controversial with some claiming that it is at odds with young children’s learning.

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