Baseline Assessment

7 April 2016

Commenting on the abandonment of baseline assessment by the Department for Education, following a comparability study, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NUT has already congratulated the schools who chose not to inflict baseline assessment on thousands of children this year. The NUT, campaigning alongside a wide range of Early Years professionals in their organisations, has made the Government come to its senses and realise that baseline assessment was never a good idea in the first place. However, what we need is for the Government to discuss with us what appropriate assessment in Early Years education looks like. The qualified teachers working in Early Years would be only too pleased to share the good practice they have developed to support the learning of the children with whom they work day in day out.”

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