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Baseline Research launch

Baseline Research launch

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National testing of Reception children is due to be rolled out in September. New research on teachers’ views of the new Baseline assessment provides further evidence against this unwanted and unnecessary test. Research, commissioned by NEU and carried out by UCL, involving teachers taking part in a pilot last autumn found:

  • 49% said Baseline has a negative impact on children.
  • 80% did not believe the Baseline assessment provides an accurate picture of children’s current attainment.
  • 69% said Baseline does not help to develop positive relationships with pupils.
  • 83% said carrying out Baseline increased their workload.
  • 85% said their school ...

National testing of Reception children is due to be rolled out in September. New research on teachers’ views of the new Baseline assessment provides further evidence against this unwanted and unnecessary test. Research, commissioned by NEU and carried out by UCL, involving teachers taking part in a pilot last autumn found:

  • 49% said Baseline has a negative impact on children.
  • 80% did not believe the Baseline assessment provides an accurate picture of children’s current attainment.
  • 69% said Baseline does not help to develop positive relationships with pupils.
  • 83% said carrying out Baseline increased their workload.
  • 85% said their school’s on-entry assessment provides them with better information than Baseline.
  • 77% did not think Baseline gave them useful information about their pupils which they would not otherwise have had.

The research follows previous studies for the More Than A Score campaign, which NEU is part of, showing 65% of parents and 86% of head teachers oppose Baseline.

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