Standards and Testing Agency
Great Smith Street
11 March 2020
The Early Years Foundation Stage (Amendments relating to Reception Baseline Assessments) Regulations 2020
We are writing regarding the recent statutory consultation on the above secondary legislation.
Specifically, in respect of the draft regulations, we are concerned that they do not include:
- any requirement for parents to be informed that their four year old child will be subject to Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) in their first few weeks at school; and
- provision for parents to be told how data gathered about their child in the Assessment will be shared with the NFER, Standards and Testing Agency and Department for Education and distributed to third parties.
We share the concerns of the campaign group More Than A Score about the introduction of RBA. Parents should be able to exercise their data protection rights, on behalf of their children. If they do not consent for their child to be assessed under current arrangements for RBA – with their data collected and distributed widely – parents should be able to opt their child out.
We would also like to echo concerns raised by the National Education Union in their response to the statutory consultation. It cannot be right that teachers and teaching assistants who administer RBA will be put in the position of collecting data for purposes that have not been fully clarified to them and which may be objectionable to the parents of the children they teach.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of this letter.
We are sending a copy of this letter to the relevant Government Minister, the parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Jack Dromey MP
Layla Moran MP
Caroline Lucas MP