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Each child’s achievement in the curriculum is recorded by the teacher using the Development Matters Statements.


Reception Baseline Assessment

In September 2017 the Department for Education announced that a new assessment in Reception would be introduced as a baseline measure to track pupils’ progress during primary school. The government said the proposed Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) would be developed in conjunction with the teaching profession, and would be 'teacher-mediated', meaning it would be administered by a teacher or teaching assistant.

The focus of the RBA will be on communication, language and literacy, and maths. It will take around 15 minutes. The RBA data will be used to judge how much progress children have made by the end of KS2. There will be no "pass" or "fail" or numerical score, and the results of the RBA will not be used to track individual pupils or to judge schools' Foundation Stage performance. Teachers will administer the assessment and record their results electronically.

The RBA will be interactive and practical, and the DfE suggests that "in most cases pupils should not be aware that they are being assessed". Children will be asked to answer questions verbally or by pointing at or moving objects. If children need a break during the assessment, the teacher will be able to pause at any time.

For more information about the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) please read the DFE parent guide.

RBA Parent Guide -


Language Link

At the beginning of term 1, all children in EYFS are assessed using language link. This highlights if any children need additional support with understanding particular concepts such as instructions or prepositions. The children will have 1:1 sessions to support their area of need, and are then reassessed to see the impact of these sessions.


Throughout the Year

The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) are the goals or targets children are expected to achieve at the end of their reception year. They are not the curriculum, but an end point measure of what a child should be demonstrating at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. There are 17 ELGs across all the areas of learning. More information about the ELG’s can be found on out Characteristics of Learning page.



GLD stands for 'Good Level of Development'. This refers to a summative assessment judgement which is made for each EYFS child at the end of the Reception year. It is a measure of attainment, not progress. Achieving a good level of development will help a child to make a good start in Year 1.

A ‘good level of development’ can be defined as a child reaching the ‘expected’ level of development at the end of their reception year, at the end of EYFS. It is an outcome of a summative assessment based on learning outcomes in regard to the prime areas of learning.