The reception baseline assessment is a new national assessment that will be administered in all primary, infant and first schools in England to children in reception classes. It will be introduced in the autumn of 2020. The reception baseline assessment will provide the basis for a new way of measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils.

The Department for Education are commencing a national voluntary pilot in autumn 2019, schools were able to sign up to participate between 1 March and 5 April 2019.


Reception Baseline Assessment framework

The assessment framework provides details about the assessment for the pilot year, including information about the content of the assessment and its design.

Reception Baseline Assessment supporting document

The supporting document provides further information on the development process, content and format of the assessment.

What schools need to know

Information video

This video explains what the assessment is and how it will work.


Parent-facing resources

Information page

Information video


Relationship between reception baseline assessment and KS1 attainment

DfE published information on how pupils who participated in the 2015 optional reception baseline offered by the National Foundation for Educational Research performed in their key stage 1 teacher assessments in the summer of 2018.

The main findings are:

  • The relationship between a high RBA mark and KS1 outcomes was statistically significant for all three KS1 teacher assessments in DfE’s analysis, in an analysis of variance (ANOVA) test.
  • A statistically significant relationship between a high RBA mark and the probability of reaching the expected standard in all three KS1 teacher assessments in the analysis was observed in a binary logistic regression analysis.