In March 2014, the Government announced that
it will be introducing baseline testing for children starting in
Reception from 2016.
PACEY opposes baseline testing at the start of
school, and have been supporting the campaign against this.
We have now signed the petition to scrap baseline
assessment in Reception classes, and to keep the EYFS Profile as
the measure of children’s progress at the end of the Early Years
Foundation Stage (EYFS).
PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram said on this
“PACEY remains firmly opposed to baseline testing for
4-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.
"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
"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
The petition calls on the government to
reverse its decision swiftly to avoid time and money being spent on
a process that previous experience has shown to be an ill-advised
approach to assessment in the early years.
We agree with early years experts that the
current proposals for baseline tests:
- Will not produce valid or reliable
- Will hinder children’s transitions to
- Damage the relationship between the
school and the parents
- Stigmatise those children who perform
less well on assessment
We want to see the retention of
the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and believe that this
- Provide a balanced, age-appropriate and
holistic measure of progress
- Provide a crucial source of longitudinal
national data on this age group
What do you think? If you would like to find
out more about the petition, keep up to date on the campaign and
sign the petition, you can do so here.