Reception Baseline Assessment for academic year 2021/22
The reception baseline assessment (RBA) is statutory in all maintained schools, academies, free schools and special schools with a reception cohort, from September 2021. (It does not apply to independent schools, pupil referral units, nurseries, childminders or schools without a reception cohort.)
The assessment is to be administered to all children within their first six weeks of reception, regardless of what term they join, unless they have been previously assessed.
The following links to the Department for Education (DfE), Standards and Testing Agency (STA) and videos give schools all the information they need to undertake the assessments.
Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (2021) Annex B places the legal status of the reception baseline assessment within the Statutory Framework for the EYFS. (Previous versions had Annex B omitted, so please ensure you have this new version.)
DfE Collection - Reception baseline includes all the information schools need about the new reception baseline assessment.
Reception baseline assessment framework details the assessment framework for the DfE Reception Baseline Assessment. It specifies the purpose, format, content and cognitive demand of the assessment.
Reception baseline assessment and reporting arrangements sets out the statutory requirements for the reception baseline assessment and the associated reporting arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year.
Reception baseline assessment framework: supporting document provides some general information about how the framework was developed and the rationale for the framework content.
Reception baseline assessment: information leaflet has additional information for schools about the new reception baseline assessment.
This Video provides further details about the purpose of the assessment and how it will work in practice.
Reception baseline assessment: information for parents is a link that can be sent to parents and carers to find out what the reception baseline assessment means for their child when they start school.