Voice welcomes delay to reception baseline assessment

Voice has welcomed news that the statutory introduction of the reception baseline assessment has been postponed to Autumn 2021.

Voice: The Union for Education Professionals has welcomed news that the statutory introduction of the reception baseline assessment has been postponed to Autumn 2021.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“This is good news and will take pressure of school staff at this time.

“We have always said that RBA is more about the Government wanting to measure everything it can, and that teachers should be trusted to use their professional judgment about what is appropriate for their pupils.” 

Further information

DfE: Reception Baseline Assessment FAQs:

"Today we have announced that the statutory introduction of the Reception Baseline Assessment will be delayed for a year because of the issues brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. But what is the RBA? Here are some helpful questions and answers."

From Schools Week:

'The Department for Education said today that “due to the challenging circumstances faced by schools in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, statutory introduction of the RBA has been postponed to Autumn 2021”.

'“Instead, schools have the opportunity to sign up to the RBA early adopter year.”

'Nick Gibb, the schools minister, said the decision had been made because “some schools may not have had the time they need to familiarise their teachers and staff with the process”. But he said the government remains “committed to introducing the new assessment” and schools can still sign up to the “early adopter year to familiarise themselves with the content and administration, with the reassurance that this year’s data will not be used for accountability purposes”.'

 

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