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Reception Baseline Assessments (RBA) and Phonics Screening Check Results

Changes to assessments at the end of KS1 (Year 2)


Following the Government’s response to the 2017 consultation on primary assessment, on 20 July 2022, DfE announced that assessments at the end of KS1 would become non-statutory from the academic year 2023 to 2024. The reception baseline assessment (RBA) will replace the end of KS1 assessments as the baseline for cohort level primary progress measures. It became statutory in the academic year 2021 to 2022, and the reception cohort from that year reach the end of KS1 in the academic year 2023 to 2024.


Kingshill Infant School will still assess the children throughout their time with us but we will only formally report on these statutory assessments:


Reception Baseline Assessments (RBA)


The RBA  became statutory in schools in September 2021. It is an activity based assessment of pupils’ starting points in:

  • language, communication and literacy
  • mathematics

The RBA is a short, task-based assessment. It is not used to label or track individual pupils.


Schools are required to carry out the assessment within the first 6 weeks of pupils starting reception. No numerical score is shared and the data will only be used at the end of year 6 to form the school-level progress measure. However, teachers will receive a series of short, narrative statements that tell them how their pupils performed in the assessment. These can be used to inform teaching within the first term.


The assessment will enable us to create school-level progress measures for our children's following Junior school. This will show the progress pupils make from reception until the end of key stage 2 (KS2).


The government publish these measures in the summer of 2028 for the first time. This will be when those pupils who entered reception in the academic year 2021 to 2022 reach the end of KS2.


Phonics Screening Check


We follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme and believe: every child will learn to read at Kingshill.


The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England, and is usually taken in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics (blending sounds together to make words). It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.


Your child will take a recheck in Year 2 if they do not pass when they are in Year 1. 


Phonics Screening Check Results


Year 1 (2023) - 68%

Year 2 Re-Check (2023) - 75%


Year 1 (2022) - 63%

Year 2 Re-Check (2022) - 72%


You can find out more information about Kingshill Infant School regarding academic performance at: