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Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)


Establishing a Baseline

The RBA is an age-appropriate assessment of early mathematics and literacy, communication and language. It is delivered in English and is administered within the first six weeks of a pupil starting reception. The assessment has two components, each consisting of practical tasks using physical resources. There is an online scoring system for the practitioner to use as the pupil engages with the tasks. The RBA will be used to create school-level progress measures for primary schools which will show the progress pupils make from reception until the end of key stage 2.


An Inclusive Assessment 

The RBA has been developed to be an inclusive assessment, accessible to the majority of pupils on entry to school. It has been designed so that pupils with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and those learning English as an additional language can participate. Practitioners can make adaptations to the resources if they deem this necessary, for example enlarging these to a size appropriate for the pupil. Any adaptations should be based primarily on normal classroom practice and should not advantage or disadvantage individual pupils


Reporting to Parents

School staff will make you aware that your child is taking part in the assessment in school. Although there is no legal requirement to report RBA narrative statements to parents, we may use them as the basis of any feedback. Parents can request the statements if they so wish and they will be shared.