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...


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.


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.


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.


Self-regulation dropped from Reception baseline

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


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...


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.


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.


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.


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...