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The early years – moving beyond ‘splashes of colour here and there’

IOE Events. Our latest IOE debate looked at the start of the educational journey – the early years. What would we need to do in order to secure world-leading early years provision? The answer from our panel is one that

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Baseline assessment: will early childhood education be further commercialised?

Guy Roberts-Holmes.  Last month the Department for Education (DfE) invited primary schools to volunteer to take part in the national Reception Baseline Assessment 2 (RBA2) test pilot planned for September 2019. If successful, it will be made statutory for all

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Six reasons why Baseline the Sequel will be a harder sell

Alice Bradbury.  Last week the government announced details of their latest attempt to introduce Baseline Assessment into Reception classrooms in England. As widely reported, this policy will cost £10 million, with the sole aim of producing data on children aged

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Posted in Education policy, Language and literacy, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Reception baseline assessment: dangerous, inappropriate and flawed data

Alice Bradbury and Guy Roberts-Holmes.  In its response to the consultation document Primary Assessment in England  the Government announced its intention to make baseline assessment statutory (along with the existing EYFS Profile) from Autumn 2020. Justine Greening’s Ministerial forward states

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Baseline assessment and the commodification of 4-year-olds’ knowledge

Guy Roberts-Holmes.  Last month, the Government withdrew its requirement for schools to use officially endorsed Baseline assessment in Reception classes. This regime, I would contest, was not simply about children and their learning, nor assessment or accountability. Rather, baseline was

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