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Baseline Assessment: Have you made your decision yet?

Baseline Assessment can begin from September. Six accredited providers have been named and schools encouraged to make their decisions. But, as Suzanne O’Connell found out, there is still much opposition

The possibility of Baseline Assessment was consulted on in July 2013. In spite of the majority of respondents being against it, the Department for Education (DfE) has never shown any inclination to back down from its introduction. Now, schools are being encouraged to try it out in September.

This controversial piece of government policy is not, in fact, compulsory. However, if you do not opt to use a Baseline Assessment then schools have been told that from 2023 onwards there will be no measure of progress. Pupils' attainment will be the only accountability measure used at the end of key stage 2.

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