Reception Baseline Assessment

Reception Baseline Information


At Sacred Heart RC Primary School, we embrace changes that are going to have a positive impact on the children’s learning and education. The DFE have introduced a new EYFS framework, commencing September 2021.

Your child will follow the updated EYFS framework and will work towards the final assessment at the end of the Reception year, using the new Early Learning Goals, (ELGs). These goals are short statements that teachers assess your child against at the end of the year.

The 7 main Areas of Learning:

  1. Communication and Language
  2. Physical Development
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Expressive arts and Design
  7. Understanding the World


All adults work closely with the children throughout the day.  They will spend time getting to know your child and support them to further develop their language skills and vocabulary. They will engage in high-quality interactions with your child, scaffolding their learning and identifying the ‘next steps’ for your child.  The new framework is also more aligned with the KS1 curriculum, further ensuring your child’s educational journey from Reception to KS1 is building upon previous knowledge and understanding.

The Reception Baseline Assessment, or RBA is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills shortly after they begin school. It will be undertaken with your child’s class teacher and will measure your child’s progress from Reception to Year 6. The school, the teachers and you, as parents will not be made aware of the outcome and the data will only be accessed by the DFE. The teacher will be able to spend quality 1-1 time with your child, getting to know them and finding out if they need any further support in certain areas. When your child reaches year 6, you will be able to see the progress your child has made throughout their school journey.

The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a statutory assessment from September 2021 onwards. It provides a snapshot of where pupils are when they arrive at school. It will provide a starting point to measure the progress schools make with their pupils between reception and the end of primary school.

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