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Reception - Base Line Assessment

Robins Class - Do you have a child starting in our reception class?

If so, your child will be participating in the reception baseline assessment (RBA) within the first 6 weeks of starting reception. The purpose of this assessment is to provide the starting point for a new measure that will help parents understand how well we support your child to progress between reception and year 6.

What is the RBA?

The RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin with us at Norman CE Primary School, using materials that most children of your child’s age will be familiar with. It became statutory for all schools from September 2021.

What does participating in the RBA mean for my child?

The RBA is not about judging or labelling your child or putting them under any pressure. Your child cannot ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ the assessment. Its main purpose is to create a starting point to measure the progress we make with our pupils.

How will the RBA benet my child?

The RBA will provide an opportunity for your child to have valuable one-to-one time with Miss Smith who will  get to know your child better. It will provide a helpful snapshot of where your child is when they enter reception, so they can be supported in the most appropriate way. Feedback from the trial and pilot of the RBA has been positive, with 84% of practitioners rating the children’s interest and enjoyment of the tasks as at least ‘satisfactory’.

How will the RBA benefit me as a parent?

When your child reaches Yr. 6, the end of key stage 2, you will be able to see how well we have supported the year group in their time at primary school, compared to other schools nationally.