NFER Reception Baseline Assessment

The practical, child-friendly baseline assessment

Background information

Assessment principles | Review of research | References

The assessment principles

The NFER Reception Baseline Assessment is designed to assess the knowledge and skills that children bring to school in a way that is manageable, useful and pedagogically sound.

The assessment has been developed by a specialist team of researchers within NFER who have extensive early years and primary teaching experience and research expertise. NFER’s underpinning principles which have shaped the assessment have been further supported by external advisory and practitioner groups. In summary, NFER believes the underpinning principles which are important in a Reception Baseline Assessment are that it should:

The development process started with a review of research, which is summarised here.

Assessment principles | Review of research | References


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