The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)
The reception baseline assessment (RBA) is a short, task-based assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school. It is statutory for all schools from September 2021.
The assessment can take place at any point in the first 6 weeks of your child starting reception. The assessment will form the start of a new measure of how schools are helping their pupils to progress between reception and year 6.
Your child does not need to prepare. There is no pass mark or score and your child should not realise they’re doing an assessment.
Once the RBA is fully established, the intention is to make the key stage 1 national curriculum tests and teacher assessments that children currently take at the end of Year 2 non-statutory.
As a school our aim is to ensure that undertaking this baseline is as enjoyable and relaxed experience for your child as possible. We will leave the baseline assessments as late as we can to ensure that your child is well settled and comfortable with their new teaching team and their classroom surroundings.