Reception Baseline Assessment

Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) will become statutory from 1st September 2021.

All schools should have received their RBA materials by 30 June. 
Please call the RBA helpline if you need further advice.  

0330 088 4171 or email

Although RBA must be conducted in the first 6 weeks of term 1, settling-children into their new class and build the secure attachments that are the springboard for successful learning will still be be the priority for reception teachers.  Bristol Early Years has secured access to a helpful 25-minute video guide to RBA, by independent EY consultant Ruth Swailes, which as well as lots of practical information about how to conduct it, also includes ideas for how to mitigate the impact on children settling-in.

Please ask your Lead Teacher for the link.

Early Learning Contacts

Nicola Theobald, Early Years Improvement Officer
Kate Hubble, Senior Foundation Years Consultant
Nicky Bale, Foundation Years Bristol Standard Consultant
Beth Osborne, Foundation Years Consultant Birth to Three
Kate Irvine, Interim Foundation Years Consultant
Ali Carrington, Interim Foundation Years Consultant

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.