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Due to the challenging circumstances faced by schools in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, statutory introduction of the RBA has been postponed to Autumn 2021. Instead, schools have the opportunity to sign up to the RBA Early Adopter year.

Participation is optional, even after signing up. Data gathered from the Early Adopter year will not be used for the purpose of the progress measure. 

The RBA is an activity-based assessment of pupils’ starting point in:

  • language, communication, and literacy
  • mathematics

The recruitment window for schools to sign up opens on 25 June and closes on 24 July 2020. Schools who choose to participate will receive assessment materials shortly before the October 2020 half term, with the optional assessment window opening for six-weeks after the October half term. Find out more here.

Services For Education Update – May 2020

Our courses are still running – digitally.

Since March, the majority of our training courses now take place digitally so you don’t miss out on your CPD and essential training during this time. You can book your place online here.

We will also be offering school improvement and consultancy services online. Get in touch via to find out more.

Our courses will continue to run digitally until government guidance changes and it becomes clear that we are able to run face-to-face courses again. You can now book courses for 2020/21 via our website.

Over the last few weeks, we have spent time researching useful links, resources and information for teachers, parents and pupils, so please visit our School Resources Page for more details.

DfE Update – May 2020

The DfE are planning to proceed with the reforms to the Early Years Reforms Foundation Stage, and are considering when to publish the government response to the consultation on the reforms.

The reforms include plans for an early adopter year which will allow schools to voluntarily implement the new learning and development requirements – which include the new early learning goals and educational programmes- and assessment and moderation arrangements from this September (2020), if they wish to. Arrangements for the early adopter year are being kept under review, given the COVID-19 outbreak. National roll-out of the reforms is planned for academic year 2021/22. They will provide all schools who signed up as early adopters with further information on this in due course.

The DfE have also confirmed that the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is still going ahead for September 2020. The DfE have said though, that it will be kept under review in light of the Coronavirus. Obviously there is a lot of disagreement in the sector about the Baseline going ahead in September. There are various groups that you can join to show your support if you wish to do so,

If they decide however, to continue with the Baseline for September 2020, to support schools, I am planning to hold an online webinar on 1st July 10am-11:30pm. It will be on a digital platform and I will be discussing ideas so that you can put plans in place so that children’s and staff’s emotional well being are supported during this key transition time.

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This month I have also recorded a podcast about the proposed reforms to the Statutory Framework for the EYFS. The Dfe launched a consultation back in October and they want your views about the proposed changes. The consultation closes on the 31st January so I thought it would be useful to talk through the key proposals to support you for when you respond to the consultation.

Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms Consultation

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Update for Existing DSLs on Safeguarding and Child Protection

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Leadership and Management

Supervision in Safeguarding

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New to EYFS

Tuesday 6th Oct 2020 & Tuesday 19th Jan 2021


EYFS Network Meetings

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Assessment Briefings for Senior Leaders

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I Love to Write in the EYFS

Thursday 7th Jan 2021 & Wednesday 5th May 2021


New to Assessment in the EYFS

Tuesday 2nd Feb 2021

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Metacognition and Learning in the Primary School

Friday 12th Feb 2021

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