Westminster Education Forum

Primary assessment in England - baseline rollout, and developing assessment beyond reception and for children below the national curriculum standard

Morning, Thursday, 2nd April 2020

Central London


This conference will examine the next steps for primary assessment in England

Areas for discussion include:

  • The national rollout of the baseline assessment;
  • The future for primary assessment beyond reception; and
  • Assessment of children below the national curriculum standard.

Speakers and chairs

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Jon Gibson, Member, NASEN Advisory Group and Director, Backdrop Education;
  • Alison Ley, Lead, Engagement Model Delivery, Department for Education;
  • Tim Oates, Group Director, Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment; and
  • A senior speaker confirmed from NFER.

Further confirmed speakers include: Professor Cathy Burnett, United Kingdom Literacy Association and Sheffield Hallam University; Claire Harnden, South Farnham Educational Trust; Tiffnie Harris, ASCL; Kerry-Jane Packman, Parentkind; Professor Gordon Stobart, UCL and Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment, University of Oxford and Cassie Young, Brenzett CoE Primary School, Kent.

Baroness Perry of Southwark has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

The agenda

  • What constitutes good primary assessment;
  • Policy priorities for the reforms to Primary Assessment;
  • Reception Baseline Assessment: facts v myths;
  • The statutory introduction of baseline assessment and its likely impact - the design of the test, use of data, and the impact on pupils and teachers;
  • Primary assessment beyond reception - measuring school progress, the use of formative assessment, and the implementation of multiplication checks; and
  • Assessing the needs of learners below the standard of the national curriculum tests - progress since the Rochford Review and implementation of the new Engagement Model.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with a range of relevant officials who have reserved places from the Department for Education.

Keynote Speakers

Jon Gibson

Member, NASEN Advisory Group and Director, Backdrop Education

Tim Oates

Group Director, Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge Assessment


Baroness Perry of Southwark


Tiffnie Harris

Primary Specialist, ASCL

Kerry-Jane Packman

Development and Membership Director, Parentkind

Cassie Young

Head of School, Brenzett CoE Primary School, Kent

John Jolly

Chief Executive Officer, Parentkind

Claire Harnden

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, South Farnham Educational Trust

Richard Selfridge

Head, Databusting for Teachers and Freelance Educational Consultant

Professor Cathy Burnett

President, United Kingdom Literacy Association and Professor of Literacy and Education, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University