Implementing the DfE Reception Baseline Assessments (RBA): An Expert Review and Practical Guidance

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On the 27th February, the Standards and Testing Agency released the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) Framework to help explain the purpose, format, content and cognitive demand of the assessment.

Despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the baseline assessment is still expected to go ahead from September. That means that from September 2020, RBAs will be statutory for all maintained primary, first and infant schools. It will be used as a baseline measure to track children’s progress during primary school and will replace KS1 assessments.

This webinar will help primary school governors, headteachers, deputy headteachers and teaching staff to understand the new DfE Reception Baseline Assessments.

Ian Noone, an experienced education consultant and serving headteacher whose school has piloted the assessment, provides an invaluable insight into how the RBA works and what schools need to consider prior to national roll-out.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the Reception Baseline Assessment from first-hand experience and what it means for your school

  • How the assessment should be administered, content consideration and the impact on staff and pupils

  • Recognising potential pitfalls and preparing for parental concerns or objections

  • Understanding the research behind and expectations of the RBA in assessing literacy, communication, language and mathematical knowledge and skills

  • Next steps and practical advice around implementing the RBA and preparing for September

Ian Noone

About The Expert

Ian Noone

Experienced education consultant, recognised for work in teaching and implementing RSHE curriculum
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Very informative using research.
Catherine Ackroyd, - Dunholme St Chad's Church of England Primary School

Reception Baseline Assessment

The webinar was very informative and I now feel more prepared to administer the test in September. Thank you
Sarah Monaghan, - Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School B33 8BL

Reception Baseline Assessment Webinar

The webinar was very informative and thorough going through the pro's and cons of the RBA. It helped me to understand more about what was expected and how to prepare ready to undertake the assessment.
Tracy Gregory, - Blewbury C of E Primary School

Implementing the DfE Reception Baseline Assessment

Very useful webinar, especially the case study, background info and the summary at the end.
Tom Huck, - Butterwick Pinchbeck's Endowed Cof E Primary School

Reception Baseline Assessment

The Webinar was really useful, providing tips to enable my school to prepare for the Reception Baseline Assessment.
Jayne Ward, - Arnold Mill Primary School


An informative account about introducing the Reception Baseline
Karen Morey, - Meon Infant School

very informative.
Wendy Hind, - Suttons Primary School

RBA Implementation

A clear, informative webinar which answered a lot of questions relating to the R.B.A. Sharing the practical implications for delivering the R.B.A were most welcome
Glynne McRae, - St Marie's Roman Catholic Primary School

Webinar on RBA

Thank you - a really informative guide to administering the RBA, as well as lots of background information and practical advice - great thank you.
Emma Reckless, - Richardson Endowed Primary School

Worthwhile viewing!

Very informative and in line with my experiences. Good to hear the potential pros and cons of the BSA and to keep these in mind.
Emma Dalziel, - Elm Grove Primary School

RBA webinar

I found this quite a useful exercise, I have previously been aware of the RBA. It has given me an overview of the purpose for it and as I already undertake baseline assessment of my own I believe it will be beneficial to have a standardised assessment. I was not aware that it will now be statutory and the webinar has raised valuable key points to consider. I feel it was quite a balanced presentation as it gave both advantages and disadvantages.
Sue Archer, - Oak View Primary School & Nursery

Reception Baseline Assessment

I found this webinar engaging, detailed and concise. The gentleman highlighted important key points.
nzinga fox, - Birchfield Community School


The webinar was clear and informative. It was positive and gave suggestions as to how it could be managed to make it useful to the Reception teacher.
Alice Ward, - St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

RBA Guidance

An excellent webinar that clearly outlines the information practitioners need for implementing the RBA. It was presented in a clear and concise way.
Hannah Thomas, - Dunnington C of E Primary School


The National College have just exceeded my expectations in terms of providing me with an up to date webinar explaining the rationale, research and practical guidance required to carry out this test in September. I feel more prepared and am keen to discuss how we are going to do this with my partner teacher in discussion with our SLT. Having the Case Review from Mr Noone's school really helped too. Many thanks.
Alison Wallis, EYFS Teacher - Treloweth Community Primary School

RBS webinar

Booking the webinar was an easy process, being able to pause and come back to the information in really helpful. The webinar was clear to follow, supportive and gave an all round picture. Thank you
Sarah Naylor, - Wallbrook Primary School

Implementing the RBA

I found the webinar extremely useful particularly because the course leader gave first hand information about how his school had implemented the RBA in 2019. It was also helpful the way the webinar was presented with clear notes down the side of the screen and 10 key points at the end. Thank you.
Amanda Ellis, - Asquith Primary School

Useful webinar for implementation of baseline , clear guidance and helpful tips on potential pitfalls.
Sarah Bissett, Foundation Stage Leader /Reception Teacher - Axbridge C of E First School Academy

Early Years Baseline

Useful webinar, good advice given and great to see thoughts both positive and negative about the test.
Joanne Sampson, - Athelstan CP SChool

RBA Webinar

This was a clear and easy to follow explanation of the RBA and covered all aspects involved.
Joanna Mansbridge, Teacher - Staunton & Corse CE Academy

NFER Reception Baseline Assessment

Having taken part in the 2019 pilot I found this webinar helpful as it reminded me of the procedural implications and the need to familiarise myself, once again, with the relevant documents.
Susan Darbinson, - St Alban's Catholic Primary School

Reception Baseline

Helpful and informative webinar, giving helpful tips to prepare for September 2020. Thank you.
Amy Thomas, - Gwladys Street Community Primary and Nursery School

Reception Baseline Assessments

I enjoyed this form of training as I could pause and re watch parts to ensure I fully understood each point and could make notes. I also found the history behind the baseline assessment and the reference to current research informative. It answered all of the questions and concerns I had prior to watching. The trainer was knowledgeable and had first hand experience of administering the training in his own school. He shared the concerns of his staff and what worked well for them which was helpful. Thank you, I would recommend this training to others.
Vicky Haslam, - Roseberry Primary School

Concise, informed and balanced overview

I could scroll back the video if I missed something in a screen shot. The presenter didnt just read the slides. He added to them based on the experience at his school, which was valuable as well as reassuring.
Althea Wray, - Adamsrill Primary School

Reception baseline

I found this webinar useful in refreshing me on what was involved, how to conduct the baseline and I found the background information regarding reviews opinions interesting.
amy mckeown, - Westmoor Primary School

Webinar on Implementing the Reception Baseline Assessment 2020

The webinar was extremely useful. It was a very balanced presentation giving the pros and cons using supporting evidence. The speaker was very clear and concise and used slides with points that emphasised what was being said.
Jenni McParland, - Maple Grove Primary School

Reception Baseline Assessments (RBA)

The Webinar covered everything connected to the RBA. I found this useful, especially the history leading up to the decision to implement such an assessment.
Jennifer Liley, - Moorhill Primary School

Informative and honest review

I thought the webinar covered all aspects of the RBA and gave us the whole picture. Thank you.
Hannah Chamberlain, - Hempshill Hall Primary School

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