Reception baseline comparability study
Following publication of a study to compare the 3 different reception baseline assessments used in the 2015 to 2016 academic year, the DfE will not use them as the starting point for measuring progress.
Instead, when this year's reception classes leave primary school in 2022, they will continue to use key stage 1 as the starting point from which to measure pupils' progress to key stage 2.
Schools can opt to use baseline assessments as on-entry assessments in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
Sign up for the reception baseline
The approved providers for the reception baseline assessment for the 2016 to 2017 academic year are:
The DfE will not use the outcomes from the assessments for accountability.
DfE has not set a deadline for signing up to an approved baseline assessment, although suppliers may decide to set their own dates.
Funding for the reception baseline
DfE will cover the basic cost of approved baselines for local-authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools. Please check the details of what each supplier is offering, once available, so you are aware of any additional costs over and above the basic price.
For local-authority-maintained schools, reimbursements will be made via the relevant local authority. For academies and free schools, DfE will reimburse them directly for the basic cost.
Independent schools who decide to use the reception baseline won't get any government funding for it. They'll have to pay for the baseline from their own budget.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile will remain statutory for the 2016 to 2017 academic year
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) was due to become non-statutory from September 2016. Having carefully looked at the particular issues regarding the EYFSP and also in the context of the overall changes to primary assessment, the EYFSP will now remain statutory for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.
This is to provide continuity and stability for schools, pupils and parents and avoid unnecessary change whilst the DfE take the time to review options for assessment in the reception year beyond 2016 to 2017.
In the meantime, schools must continue to complete the EYFSP for their reception-year pupils in the summer term, by 30 June 2017 and report the results to local authorities.
Whilst the DfE recognise that this clarification comes during the summer break they wanted to confirm as soon as possible the position for local authorities, schools and others ready for the start of the new term.