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NEWS: Introduction of reception baseline assessment delayed

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the government have delayed the introduction of the new reception baseline assessment this autumn to 2021.

School standards minister, Nick Gibb, said: "As we prepare for all children to return to school in September, I know teachers are working tirelessly to provide extra support to children to recover from the impact of the coronavirus...In light of these circumstances, we have decided to postpone the statutory rollout of the Reception Baseline Assessment until September 2021."

While this news is welcomed by many, including PACEY, we remain concerned that the government has made it clear they are still intent on delivering this new testing in 2021, despite evidence that it could have a negative impact on children, is unreliable, doesn't paint an accurate picture and could be harmful to a child's wellbeing. 

You can find out more about the campaign to stop reception testing from More Than a Score.