The government has announced new accountability arrangements aimed at changing the way infant schools are monitored and funded.
It pledged to introduce a new reception baseline assessment from 2016 as a new way of measuring primary schools' progress.
This will allow the government to gauge the progress of pupils in infant schools. From 2016, pupils' performance from reception year to the end of key stage 1 (KS1) will be able to be measured. Infant or first skills will not have a floor standard, however.
The Department for Education said it would increase the proportion of schools where KS1 assessments are moderated externally in order to raise "confidence and consistency" in its moderation of infant schools.
Low prior attainment funding is to continue. The outcomes from the baseline assessment will be used to allocate low-priority funding to primary schools once the early years foundation stage profile stops being compulsory in 2016.
Posted by Tim Colman