NFER Reception Baseline Assessment

The practical, child-friendly baseline assessment

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.

Please note that the ordering window for the NFER Reception Baseline Assessment for academic year 17/18 has closed. If you are enquiring for the 18/19 academic year, please leave your details in the form on our order page and we will contact you with further details.

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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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