NEW Baseline Assessment and Toolkit

NEW Baseline Assessment and Toolkit


The new baseline assessment and toolkit has been designed to help teachers and SENDCos assess and support the needs pupils with learning difficulties.  As well as focussing on key skills in Maths and English, it also helps identify possible underlying difficulties.  It is aligned with Pre-Key Stage and National Curriculum Standards up to Year 4.  It also takes into account basic functional skills, Best Endeavours and Blank levels.

We have tried to include all the assessments you may need.  However, they are not designed to be used in their entirety.  The idea is that you can pick and choose the assessments which are relevant to your pupil.  Ideally, they should to be used in conjunction with your teacher assessments to help you identify what your pupil can do independently and plan next steps.

The Baseline Assessment and ToolKit can also be used to monitor progress, evaluate the impact of targeted intervention and support on-going next steps planning.

Literacy Baseline (Whole Document)

Maths Baseline (Whole Document)


To get the best use out of the Baseline Assessment and Toolkit, we recommend that you attend our 2 half day training sessions which are part of the SENDCo Essentials (free to Bradford Schools)

Dates and Venues for 2020/21 TBC.


Profiling Checklist

This is an initial assessment tool which allows you to unpick potential areas of difficulty your pupil may experience.   It is a helpful starting point to support your graduated response and to help you to decide which areas to assess.   In addition, it begins to highlight whether difficulties appear more specific or general in their nature.

Profiling Checklist 

Records of Attainment

These documents summarise  standards expected from Pre Key Stage 1 up to Year 4.  They are designed to be used as working document to map your pupil’s progress.   We have included the standards up to Year 4 to accommodate both secondary and primary pupils. As with the assessment, we have separated the standards iinto distinct sections. We have provided assessments for each section and the relevant assessments are noted above each section.

Literacy Record of Attainment

Maths Record of Attainment

The Assessment Tools


The Literacy Assessments


The Numeracy Assessments

   Reading Tasks Summary                                             Writing Tasks Summary
 Assessment 1 - Number

 Instruction sheet

 Pupil Booklet


 Assessment 2 - Time

 Instruction sheet

 Pupil Booklet


 Assessment 3 - Money

 Instruction sheet

 Pupil Booklet


 Assessment 4 - Length,Weight & Capacity

 Instruction sheet

 Pupil Booklet

Overlapping tasks involving both reading and writing
 Assessment 1 

 Language and Reading Comprehension

Assessment 2

 Phonological Awareness

Assessment 3

 Letters and Sounds Mark Sheet

 Letters and Sounds Pupil Cards

Assessment 4  

 Common Exception Words R, Y1/2 Mark Sheet 

 Common Exception Words R, Y1 Cards

 Common Exception Words Y2 Cards

 Common Exception Words Y3/4 Mark Sheet 

 Common Exception Words Y3/4 Cards

Reading and Overlapping Difficulties
 Assessment 6 

 Letter Copying Pupil Sheet

 Assessment 5 - Geometry (Properties of Shape)

 Instruction sheet

 Pupil Booket

 Assessment 5

 Sentence Reading Card

 Sentence Reading Mark Sheet

 Assessment 7 

 Draw-a-Man Activity

 Assessment 6 - Number Year 3

 Instruction sheet

 Pupil Booklet

 Assessment 8 

 Free Writing Task (Primary)

 Free Writing Task (Secondary

  Assessment 9  

  Dictation Sentences

  Dictation Score sheet



Personalised Pupil Plan

This document is used to create an individual pupil plan.  It summarises your assessment findings into a concise and personalised pupil profile, which highlights strengths and areas of difficulty, next steps and supportive strategies.

Personalised Pupil Plan


The Toolkits

To complement the baseline assessment, we have created a a Literacy and Maths toolkit which provide a range of strategies and short activities to target specific areas identified in your assessments.

Literacy Toolkit

Maths Toolkit


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