16 Feb, 2016

The Introduction of Baseline Assessment

This research was commissioned by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) from UCL Institute of Education | 12 February 2016 

Baseline Assessment was introduced in primary schools in England in September 2015. The assessment is conducted during the first few weeks of the autumn term with children entering the Reception year, aged 4-5, and is designed to produce a ‘baseline’ figure on the basis of which their progress during the primary years can be measured. The introduction of this assessment followed a consultation on how accountability measures for primary schools could be reformed. According to a DfE report, from 2016 the Baseline Assessment will be ‘the only measure used to assess the progress of children from entry (at age 4-5) to the end of key stage 2 (age 10-11), alongside an attainment floor standard of 85 per cent’ (DfE 2015c).