The DfE has released the EYFS profile results for 2015 to 2016. This first release covers:
- the percentage of pupils achieving each assessment rating in the early learning goals
- the percentage of pupils achieving at least the expected level in the prime areas of learning and in the specific areas of literacy and mathematics (a good level of development)
- the average total points score across all the early learning goals (the supporting measure).
Schools Week have summarised the key findings, which we’ve listed below.
- Reception pupils making ‘good development’ has risen – overall, 69.2 per cent of children achieving a good level of development this year, up by three percentage points on 2015.
- Results have risen across all the EYFS measures– the percentage of five-year-olds achieving at least the expected level of progress in all early years learning goals also rose by 3 percentage points. So did the average total point score. But, this year saw a smaller increases than in previous years.
- Girls still outperform boys, but the gap is closing – both girls and boys have improved, but boys have improved at a faster rate – the report found.
- Although the gender gap has widened in four categories – when broken down by individual early learning goals, the gender gap has increased in: numbers; shape, space and measures; the world; and technology.
- Pupils are more likely to fail reading and writing, but pass technology and health – the percentage of children achieving at least the expected level in each of the 17 early years learning goals is improving – but the report highlights that pupils are most likely to miss out on reading, writing and numbers goals, with the most achieving technology and health and self-care.
- 34 is the most popular mark – it is, also, the equivalent of a child reaching the “expected level” mark.
- Regional variation is reducing – nearly
all local authority areas improved on their performance last year, the report found, with the variation between the top and bottom performers narrowing.
- The lowest attaining pupils are also catching up – the data shows the lowest attaining 20 per cent of pupils continues to improve – driving a reduction in the inequality gap, which fell from 36.6 per cent in 2013, to 31.4 per cent in 2016.