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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’


John Clifford Assessment System


Early Years


All children starting in Reception will be participating in the new Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) within the first 6 weeks of starting school. The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point for a new measure that will help parents understand how well schools support their pupils to progress between Reception and Year 6 (the end of key stage 2).


It is a short (approximately 20 minutes) practical assessment focusing on individual children's early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills. A teacher will carry out the assessment one-to-one with each pupil, any time between 1st September 2021 and  the 11th October 2021. It does not require any preparation at home or at school, and will help teachers to understand what their pupils can do at the beginning of their time here at John Clifford. It is important to note that this is not a pass or fail assessment and the results will not be published. It will be used to inform us of your child’s next steps in learning.


To find out more about the Reception Baseline Assessment, please see the video below. If you have any questions, please speak to your child's class teacher. 


Reception baseline assessment: a new way of measuring progress for primary schools