We are an alliance of early years organisations and teaching unions that came together in 2015 to oppose the introduction of Baseline Assessment. Despite almost universal expert opposition to the idea, and against the recommendations of parliamentary consultation, the government continues to support the idea. We believe that this was both a dangerous and undemocratic situation and that it betrayed a woeful lack of governmental concern about the best interests of the child. Although in 2016 government decided against proceeding into a second year of its baseline assessment pilot on the grounds that the schemes chosen were not comparable, they had not accepted that the idea was wrong in principle. In March 2017, another consultation on primary assessment was issued, once again proposing the introduction of baseline assessment in reception. In September 2017, government announced plans for another attempt at introducing a baseline assessment at the start of Reception. See our news page for the latest update on our campaign.
8th April, 2016 - Government U-Turn
Who is against the introduction?
Save Childhood Movement (SCM) Too Much Too Soon Campaign, TACTYC: Association for Professional Development in Early Years , Cambridge Primary Review Trust (CPRT), British Association for Early Childhood Education (Early Education), Pre-School Learning Alliance (PSLA), The Primary Charter, Early Childhood Forum (ECF), The National Union of Teachers (NUT), Association of Teacher and Lecturers (ATL), Professional Association for Childcare and the Early Years (PACEY), National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), Unison Education and Children's Services, University of Sheffield School of Education, The UK Assessment Reform Group, The Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), The Mathematical Association (MA), The British Educational Research Association (BERA), National Association for Primary Education (NAPE), Mothers at Home Matter (MAHM), What about the Children? (WATCH)
BWB submission on Primary Assessment to the Education Select Committee Nov 2016