EExBA – The Early Excellence Baseline Assessment
Since its launched in 2015, thousands of Primary Schools across the UK have chosen to use EExBA year on year to record the starting points of children in their reception year. EExBA has remained a popular choice of on-entry assessment because it is based on the EYFS framework, making it very easy to use. It encourages good practice by providing time for children to settle in to their new class within the first few weeks – enabling teachers to get to know them well before undertaking the assessment. The assessment of what each child knows and can do is then quickly completed by teachers online.
Advice to Current Users:
The government plans to introduce a new Reception Baseline in September 2020. The initial pilot is complete, but its future remains uncertain. Although a National Pilot of the new proposed ‘test’ may still go ahead in Sept 2019, as the data will be inaccessible to schools and therefore of little value, we recommend that schools using EExBA in 2018/19 continue to do so in 2019/20 to ensure that comparable, year on year data is collected and can be analysed. To continue using EExBA, login to your account and add your September 2019/20 intake numbers as soon as you know them.
Advice to New Users:
New schools can start to use EExBA in 2019/20 to inform and shape practice. To do this you will need to register as a new school.
Why use EExBA?
- EExBA enables you to make an assessment of the whole child on-entry to the reception year (age 4-5yrs)
- EExBA captures children’s well-being & involvement, learning dispositions and the EYFS Prime Areas, Literacy & Maths
- EExBA is teacher-led and does not disrupt children as they settle in to their new class
- EExBA uses practitioner knowledge of the child, captured through daily observations and interactions
- EExBA is easy to use. Assessments are recorded on an online system taking approximately 10 minutes per child
- EExBA includes free training, guidance materials and helpdesk support, along with exemplification materials to support accurate judgements
- EExBA produces national data, enabling you to compare your own data with other schools.