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.

Read the full School’s Week article here, and download the full results from the DfE here.