The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)
During the first 6 weeks of starting in reception, we are required by the Department for Education to carry out the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA). This is a statutory assessment and is carried out in all Reception classes across England.
The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your children's early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school, using materials that most children of your child's age will be familiar with.
The RBA is carried out individually with their teacher and provides an opportunity for your child to have valuable one-to-one time at an early stage, so that the teacher can really get to know your child. It will provide a helpful snapshot of your child so that they can be supported in the most appropriate way.
The assessment can take place at any point in the first 6 weeks of your child starting reception, and forms the start of a new measure of how schools are helping their pupils to progress between reception and year 6. You do not need to do anything to prepare your child for the assessment. Your child is unlikely to even know that they are doing an assessment when they are completing tasks and activities.
As a school our aim is to ensure that undertaking this baseline is as enjoyable and relaxed experience for your child as possible. We will leave the baseline assessments as late as we can to ensure that your child is well settled and comfortable with their new teaching team and their classroom surroundings.
Further information can be found at: Standards and Testing Agency - Information for parents: Reception baseline assessment