A Second Thought… Emerging from Early Years…

A brilliant presentation today by the Early Years Leadership and Learning Forum.

Baseline assessment will be statutory from 2016 but the sensible advice seems to be that you will need a really good reason not to do it in 2015. If you don’t baseline then that particular cohort will be judged solely on attainment without the ‘backup’ of progress: A dangerous game to play!

Best practice seemed to entail making sure you get your assessments in early therefore ensuring your target path does not come out too high. Schools seem to be trialling a range of assessments but DfE will publish a list of approved schemes in early 2015. I suppose the scheme we choose is up to us but my feeling is that we would all want to choose one that is ‘Early Years’ in nature i.e. based upon observations and age appropriate, as opposed to a ‘good old test’.

This baseline will mean that from 2016, the EYFS profile will no longer be compulsory.

Interestingly, the idea of ensuring that all the schools within a collaborative use the same baseline assessment was proposed. This would ensure some ‘safety in numbers’ and the opportunity to moderate and ensure clarity across the collaborative. A great idea and perhaps one that KS1 and KS2 assessment leaders might look to?

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One thought on “A Second Thought… Emerging from Early Years…

  1. Hi, just for clarification, currently the baseline will not be statutory and school will be able to elect not to use one from 2016 – The DfE response on p7 states “Schools that choose not to use an approved baseline assessment from 2016 will be judged on an attainment floor standard alone”. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/297595/Primary_Accountability_and_Assessment_Consultation_Response.pdf
    It’s quite an important point – were it statutory I guess the DfE would be obliged to support schools in the implementation. This way the onus is on the school and the company they may select to manage the process, if they wish to do so.
    It’s also important to note that the EYFS (educational programmes/ELGs) remains statutory, so teachers will still need to assess in the 7 areas of learning to actually teach and ensure children meet the ELGs as expected (unless the DfE remove the ELGs) regardless of baselines!!

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