• Revealed: The DfE's reformed early learning goals for reception pupils from 2021

    The government has confirmed changes to the early learning goals, which are used to assess pupils at the end of reception. Here are the final ELGs, as set out in the Department for Education’s response to its consultation on the changes. The reforms become statutory from September 2021.   Communication and Language 1. Listening, Attention

    12.29 Jul. 1st, 2020 | News

  • DfE to scrap LA-moderation of EYFS profile, despite calls for its retention

    The government is to proceed with plans to scrap statutory moderation of the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) by local authorities, despite pleas to keep it in place. The Department for Education has published its response to a consultation on the EYFSP, which is how pupils’ development and learning is assessed at the end

    12.32 Jul. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Remove incentives to 'depress or inflate' early years outcomes, Ofqual urges DfE

    Ministers must review the way they present data on the performance of reception children to remove the incentives for schools to “depress or inflate outcomes”, the exams regulator has said. Ofqual has published its response to a government consultation on reforms to the early years foundation stage. The Department for Education has proposed a number

    14.50 Feb. 5th, 2020 | News

  • The early-learning goals aren't there yet!

    The review of early-years assessment has morphed into a review of the curriculum by the back door, argues Beatrice Merrick Following apprehensive rumblings on social media about the review of the early-learning goals, it’s no surprise that the DfE orchestrated a chorus of positive comment to greet the minister’s announcement of the draft revisions. Headteacher

    5.00 Jul. 1st, 2018 | Opinion

  • New early-learning goals to be trialled in 25 primary schools

    A new assessment model for reception pupils will be piloted in 25 schools from September. New draft Department for Education guidance sets out proposed changes to “early-learning goals” that reception pupils are assessed against. The new approach will be tested in pilot schools in the autumn ahead of a consultation and decision on a national

    14.13 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • More pupils achieve 'good development', and 6 other findings from reception assessment data

    The percentage of five-year-olds reaching a “good level of development” at the end of reception has increased, according to new figures. National Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFS) result data was published by the government today. The report found that results for all three key measures used in the assessment increased this year. Teachers carry

    11.33 Oct. 20th, 2016 | News