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What is EExBA?

The Early Excellence Baseline (EExBA) offers a principled approach to on-entry assessment. It does not include any predetermined tasks or tests and will not disrupt settling in routines. Instead, as part of their everyday practice, practitioners build their knowledge of each child through their observations, interactions and every day activities. They use this professional knowledge to make a series of judgements about each child based on a clear set of assessment criteria.

EExBA asks practitioners to make an assessment of what matters most using 47 assessment statements that cover the Characteristics of Effective Learning, all three Prime Areas (PSED, C&L, PD) and the Specific Areas of Literacy and Maths. Examples of the EExBA-R Reception Statements can also be downloaded.

You will see that for each Area of Learning and Development there are (a) and (b) statements. The (a) statements are ‘typical’ and the (b) statements are above typical. Practitioners make judgments against each of these statements for each child deciding Yes / No. Each Yes / No produces a score (0, 1 or 2 points). In order to ensure that all practitioners’ judgements are accurate and correct, it is essential that practitioners from each school access either the online training available or attend a face-to-face training session.

The schools baseline scores can be analysed and reported providing a picture of the cohort as a whole, different groups of children as well as individual children. This data is made available to schools in a way that supports tracking and monitoring progress.

The baseline assessment must be completed within the first 6 weeks of a child joining their class. In order to ensure that children are assessed at the optimum time within these 6 weeks, practitioners adopt a simple ‘screening’ process using the Leuven Scales of Well-being & Involvement.

EExBA-R (Reception Baseline)
EExBA-R, the Reception Baseline, is accredited by the DfE for use on entry to YR.  To use EExBA-R, one teacher from each school – ideally the EYFS Co-ordinator or Lead Reception teacher, must access the mandatory training each year – this will be offered online and face to face. This training provides all the information needed to implement EExBA-R and secures the accuracy and consistency of practitioner judgements.