On 11th April 2018, the Department for Education confirmed that the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has been chosen as the supplier to design and deliver the new reception baseline assessment ( RBA).

It will be an activity-based assessment of pupils’ ability in:

  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Early mathematical skills

They are also exploring whether self-regulation can form part of the assessment.

A nationally representative sample of schools will be selected to trial the assessment in 2018/19 academic year.

Any school with a reception cohort will be able to participate in the large scale voluntary pilot in 2019/20 academic year.