Early Years Minister Nadhim Zahawi has claimed that banning teachers’ preferred method of baseline assessment will relieve the ‘burden’ facing the profession.
The Government has proposed the introduction of a new baseline assessment for four and five year olds in 2020, with the purpose of measuring the progress of pupils during primary school.
A total of 12,000 schools signed up to teacher observation-based assessment created by Early Excellence in 2016 when the Department for Education had attempted to introduce a baseline.
However the DfE later abandoned this plan when they discovered that the three approved measures were not comparable.
It has also since ruled out observation-based assessment as it looks for organisations to develop the new baseline assessment. It is a process that is estimated to cost around £10 million.