Reception baseline assessment framework

An assessment for pupils in reception to measure their progress in primary schools from 2021.


Reception baseline assessment framework

Reception baseline assessment framework: supporting document


Following a successful national voluntary pilot, the reception baseline assessment (RBA) became statutory in September 2021. Any reference to the RBA becoming statutory from 2020 in these documents is now inaccurate.

The RBA will provide the basis for measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils. Unlike the current progress measure, this will give schools credit for the important work they do with their pupils between reception and year 2.

The assessment framework provides details about the assessment, including information about the content of the assessment and its design.

The supporting document provides further information on the development process, content and format of the assessment.

Published 27 February 2019
Last updated 3 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Edited details on this guidance page only - attached documents remain unedited.

  2. Updated for the introduction of the 2021 reception baseline assessment.

  3. Updated to note any reference to the reception baseline assessment becoming statutory from 2020 in these documents is now inaccurate. Statutory introduction of the reception baseline assessment has been postponed to autumn 2021.

  4. First published.