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Abandon baseline testing

Sector unites in calls for baseline testing plan to be abandoned.

PACEY has joined with other early years organisations and experts to express our opposition to the planned introduction of baseline assessments in reception.

Our open letter has been sent to ministers asking them to re-think the introduction of the assessments which we feel will be detrimental to the developmental rights and wellbeing of young children. Amongst the other organisations signing the letter alongside  PACEY include NUT, Early Education, Pre School Learning Alliance, National Day Nurseries Assocation and leading early years experts including Professor Cathy Nutbrown.

The letter sets out a number of clearly-defined reasons as to why the intended introduction in September of standardised tests, administered to children in their first six weeks of starting school, is unworkable.

The campaign against the baseline assessments has gathered pace in the last few weeks, with the NUT voting in favour of a boycott of the tests at its conference in April. PACEY will continue to work with its sector colleagues in challenging the proposed introduction of these assessments. 

Further information about the campaign can be found at

For more on this story read PACEY's media and communication manager Chris Underwood’s post on Tots100 parent blog.