The Government yesterday announced in a consultation response
that it will be introducing baseline testing for children starting
in Reception from 2016. It was also announced that the EYFS Profile
will no longer be compulsory, also from 2016 onwards.
PACEY does not support baseline testing at the start of school,
and we are concerned that the Government's announcements on this
issue will not support children's early development. PACEY Chief
Executive Liz Bayram said on this issue:
“PACEY remains firmly opposed to baseline testing for
four-year-olds and is unconvinced that the Government’s approach
will best support a child's early development. This change has more
to do with monitoring school performance than supporting children
to have a strong foundation for future learning.
"As our school readiness research has shown, preparing
children for school involves much more than just early reading,
writing and maths skills. We believe there should be equal
consideration for children’s physical, social and emotional
development as well as educational development, fostered through a
play based approach to learning.
"The now discarded EYFS Profile helped ensure holistic child
development was considered up to and including reception year and
we can only hope that these factors will be taken into strong
consideration as government finalises the assessment
Liz's comments were published in a
Nursery World article, as well as in
Follow this link for the Government's full response to their
consultation on primary school assessment and accountability, which
contains these announcements. PACEY members can also access
PACEY's response to the consultation, which was released in
For a wider discussion of school readiness, please read our
What does School Ready really mean? report, which was
released in September 2013.