Baseline Assessment

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What is it?
A resource–based assessment, offering a starting point for measuring progress over the primary school years

What do I get?

Teacher administration guide
Resource pack including all the
   items you need to conduct the
Online recording and analysis tool

Who is it for?
Pupils starting in Reception

Why do I need it?
Schools who used the assessment in 2015 identified it as a very useful tool for informing improvement planning at class, group and individual level and provided an accurate baseline for which they can measure progress.

How much does it cost?
£225 for the school pack including everything you need to do the assessment. Additional options are available. See order now for more details. The DfE will continue to fund assessments in the 2016/2017 academic year. See here for details.

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment

The practical, child-friendly baseline assessment

DfE funded for use in 2016/2017

We are still accepting orders for delivery at the start of the autumn term. Access to the online system will be provided at the end of August 2016.

The NFER Reception Baseline Assessment is a resource-based assessment, using one-to-one resources and observational checklists. Everything you need to conduct the assessment is included and no additional training is required for Early Years practitioners to administer the assessment or interpret the results.

About the Assessment     Sample Materials     Sample Reports

It was a clear assessment to follow and gave me a detailed picture of where the children were working at."

Key features

Key benefits

Practical, child-friendly assessment that is in the hands of the practitioner

Practitioner who knows the child best can be sensitive to each individual child

Face-to-face assessment between teacher and child

Engaging assessment means children do not feel as if they are being assessed

Mixture of one-to-one tasks and observation checklists to assess communication and language, literacy and numeracy

Clearly defined criteria, allowing easy to make judgements and producing easy to interpret results

Easy and quick to administer with everything you need to do the assessment provided

No additional training required for Early Years practitioners either for conducting the assessment or for interpreting the results

Standardised with a nationally representative sample of over 65,000 children

Assessment is robust and based on feedback from schools, teachers and pupils

Includes an additional free Foundations of Learning checklist to be used in conjunction with the core components

Additional checklist gives a holistic picture of the child when used in conjunction with the core components

Produces instantly available reports at individual and cohort level

Identifies strengths and weaknesses to inform next steps planning for individuals and groups



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