UKLA supports the More Than a Score campaign to abandon Baseline Assessment for 4 year olds in England

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UKLA believes that;  

The ways in which children experience language and literacy varies widely across diverse communities and family homes. Children arrive at school having been exposed to a range of different language and literacy repertoires. The current Baseline Assessment is confined to a narrow aspect of language development and a limited subset of literacy skills; therefore, it fails to elicit children’s true communicative capabilities. ( see Reception Baseline Assessment – More Than a Score ).   

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