• 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