Press release

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment now approved by DFE for delivery September 2015

1 July 2015

The Department for Education (DfE) has today confirmed the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) as one of three approved suppliers of the new reception baseline assessment for use by schools in September 2015.

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment is a face-to-face resource-based assessment with a mixture of tasks and observational checklists. Everything you need to conduct the assessment is included in the NFER Reception Baseline Assessment pack and no additional training is required for Early Years practitioners to administer the assessment.

The  assessment uses resources that children would typically find in an Early Years Foundation Stage classroom, such as counting bears, plastic shapes, number cards and picture cards. It is easy to administer and is designed to be carried out by any Early Years practitioner, with no additional training needed.

Children work through the activities, taking around 30 minutes in total, while the practitioner records the child’s progress either on a laptop or tablet or in the individual paper pupil booklets.

Commenting on the announcement, Carole Willis, Chief Executive of NFER said: “The NFER Reception Baseline Assessment has been extensively trialled by over 500 schools and 3000 pupils, who provided positive and valuable feedback that helped shape the robust assessment.  We are delighted to now be confirmed as an approved supplier for delivery in September.”

For more information on the assessment please visit /baseline


Contact information:
Jane Parrack, NFER Marketing & Communications Manager: 01753 637245;

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