BIG ISSUE: RECEPTION BASELINE

The latest news and views on the Government's controversial decision to introduce the Reception baseline. Due to become law in September 2020, following a trial and a pilot in autumn 2019, our coverage includes the pros and cons from both sides of the debate.

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Hundreds of children and parents march against Reception baseline

More than 200 four-year-olds, their parents and teachers marched to Downing Street today demanding the Government halt its plan to test children when they first...

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Labour will scrap Reception baseline and SATs

The baseline test at age four and primary school testing would be axed under a Labour Government, Jeremy Corbyn has told teachers.

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Pre-school children to march on Number 10 in baseline protest

Four-year-olds will march on Downing Street in protest at plans for a Reception baseline assessment.

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Schools call for overhaul of primary school testing

Senior teachers want a 'complete review' of the way pupils are assessed as they say the current regime is ineffective and puts unnecessary stress on children.

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Self-regulation dropped from Reception baseline

Self-regulation has been removed from the Reception baseline assessment, following a trial in schools.

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Baseline pilot go-ahead sparks outcry

The move by the Department for Education (DfE) to press ahead with the Reception baseline and invite schools to take part in a trial of the assessment, starting...

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DfE promotes baseline assessment in new video

The Department for Education has uploaded a new YouTube video on the Reception baseline assessment explaining how it will work.

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Schools invited to pilot Reception baseline as opposition against it grows

Schools can sign up from Friday (1 March) to pilot the Reception baseline assessment, which starts this autumn.

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Campaigners ramp up pressure against the Baseline

More than a Score launched the next stage of their campaign against the Reception Baseline at the Nursery World Show.

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More details of Reception Baseline confirmed

The Reception Baseline will focus on children’s literacy and maths, and may include Self-Regulation, depending on the outcome of trials of the new assessment, the...