Ofsted fears baseline assessments for four-year-olds will hurt the most disadvantaged

The TES is reporting that a new Ofsted report has cast fresh doubts on the wisdom of the government’s controversial new “baseline” assessments for four-year-olds…

The watchdog’s early years annual report, published today, warns that assessing children when they start school could hamper efforts to improve nursery education.

Ofsted says that schools need to work more closely with nurseries and preschools to close the achievement gap between the most disadvantaged children and other pupils. But it says this collaboration could be discouraged if schools assess pupils on entry.

“Because [Ofsted] inspectors take account of the school’s assessment of children’s development on entry to reception there is a perverse incentive for schools to only begin to intervene once children have joined the schools,” the report warns…

The remarks come as thousands of schools prepare to carry out new baseline assessments of their Reception classes this September.

Ofsted suggests that schools could be incentivised to work more closely with other early education providers…

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