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Repurposing early childhood education? A critical analysis of reception base line assessment

20 February 2020, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm

Teacher and early years pupil. Image: commissioned by UCL Institute of Education

In this seminar, Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes, Dr Diana Sousa, Dr Siew Fung Lee and Dr Emma Jones discuss their research critical engagement with the reception baseline assessment.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Bernardita Munoz Chereau

Location

W3.07
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL

After the controversial reception baseline assessment (RBA) was ‘withdrawn’ by the Department for Education (DfE) in April 2016, the RBA was trialled in half of the English primary schools in September 2019. 

The 20-minute one-to-one pupil assessment conducted by teachers produces a single ‘baseline’ data figure on the basis of which young children's progress across primary school could be measured and accounted for. 

The seminar will discuss issues within the context of punitive performativity, as the baseline's simplistic reductionism allows for the economisation of early years education assessment and for its commercialisation of comparison.  

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Image: commissioned by UCL Institute of Education 

About the Speakers

Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at UCL Institute of Education

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Dr Diana Sousa

Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Education

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Dr Emma Jones

Lecturer in Education and Gender at UCL Institute of Education

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