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  • EYFS assessment
    • Age-related expectations in the EYFS What are age-related expectations in the EYFS? We link to information about assessing development in the EYFS, and relay information about how Ofsted uses age-related expectations when judging the quality of EYFS provision.
    • Assessing development in the EYFS How should we judge if development is below typical in the EYFS? We include advice from two of our associate education experts on assessing whether a child's development is typical for his or her age, with reference to early years outcomes. We also include information on moderation of assessments.
    • Assessment requirements for the EYFS What are the assessment requirements for the early years? We summarise the progress check at age 2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) profile, the 2 statutory assessment requirements in the EYFS. We also refer to information on local authorities' duty to moderate EYFS profile assessments.
    • Development Matters statements Get to grips with the Development Matters statements with guidance on what they are and how they can be used. We also link to further articles on assessing progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
    • 'Good level of development' measure in the EYFS What is the 'good level of development' (GLD) measure in the EYFS? The DfE explains that the GLD is a performance measure. We look at how it relates to expected levels in the early learning goals, and confirm that there is no minimum expected proportion of pupils in a setting achieving a GLD.
    • Marking work in the EYFS How should we mark work in the early years? In this article, we relay advice from one of our associate education experts on marking work in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We also look at some marking policies from schools and outline how they approach marking in the EYFS.
    • Measuring progress in the EYFS: case studies How are schools and nurseries measuring progress in the EYFS? This article features case studies from three EYFS providers. It looks at how they monitor and assess pupil progress throughout the EYFS, and at how they report this information.
    • Nursery schools: tracking progress Is there any guidance on tracking progress at nursery level? We relay guidance from our associate education experts on tracking and assessing progress in nursery schools. We link to examples of assessment policies from nursery schools, as well as information from TES Connect and a local authority.
    • Observing learning in the EYFS: frequency How frequently should we observe individual pupils in the EYFS? We explain that there are no statutory requirements for the frequency of pupil observations in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We refer to guidance from local authorities on observing pupils, and relay advice from an expert.
    • Observing learning in the EYFS: proformas Are there forms for observing pupils in the EYFS? We highlight examples of EYFS observation forms produced by local authorities. We also link to further guidance on tracking pupil progress.
    • On-entry assessments in reception There are currently no requirements to assess children on entry to reception. Read guidance on plans for a new statutory baseline assessment, and find out how you can use the development matters statements to make initial assessments.
    • Reception baseline assessment: will it be used to measure progress? A reception baseline assessment will be introduced in autumn 2020. Understand what will be assessed, and how it will be used to measure progress. We also explain that the EYFS profile will continue to remain statutory.
    • Tracking progress in the EYFS How can we track progress in the early years? This articles looks at how Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) providers can track and demonstrate progress. It also links to further articles with case studies on how schools approach progress tracking.
    • Tracking progress of pupils with SEN in the EYFS How do we assess pupils with SEN who are working below the EYFS profile? This article cites advice from the STA and 3 experts on assessing pupils with special educational needs in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We also link to additional development tracking methods.
    • Tracking pupil progress in the EYFS: proformas Are there proformas for tracking progress using the EYFS framework? This article features a KeyDoc with a template assessment tracker, created with one of our associate education experts. It also has a KeyDoc for a cohort tracker, to help schools look at EYFS data for an entire cohort.
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  • EYFS curriculum
    • Child-initiated learning in the EYFS What is child-initiated learning in the EYFS? This article explains child-initiated learning and looks at suggestions on how to support it. You will also find approaches to child-initiated play adopted by Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings.
    • Child-led and adult-led activities in the EYFS How often should children engage in adult-led activities? We look at what the framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) says about child-led and adult-led activities. We also include examples of schools’ EYFS policies and research on child-led and adult-led activities.
    • Ensuring that play is purposeful: EYFS How can we ensure that play is purposeful? We refer to what the EYFS framework and the Ofsted inspection handbook say about purposeful play and its balance with adult-led activities. We also relay advice from two of our associate education experts on ensuring that play is purposeful.
    • Equipment for an EYFS classroom What equipment should be used in an EYFS classroom? In this article, we relay advice from one of our associate education experts and look at the equipment that different settings use. We also link to commercial organisations that provide EYFS equipment.
    • Evaluating the learning environment: EYFS Download our EYFS learning environment audit to assess the indoor and outdoor learning spaces in your early years provision.
    • EYFS evidence scrutiny proformas Are there evidence scrutiny proformas for the EYFS? We worked with one of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc proforma for scrutinising evidence of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We link to a template from an LA and guidance on making work scrutinies effective.
    • EYFS framework 2017: summary of changes We summarise key changes in the 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework relevant to schools and nurseries, including new requirements related to paediatric first aid training.
    • EYFS framework reforms: consultation summary The DfE is consulting on changes to the EYFS framework. Download our summary sheet to compare and contrast the proposals with the existing framework, and discuss it with staff to help you develop your response.
    • EYFS planning scrutiny proformas Are there examples of planning scrutiny proformas for the EYFS? We worked with two of our associate education experts to create a KeyDoc with a planning scrutiny proforma and sample text. We also link to other articles with forms for scrutinising pupils' work.
    • EYFS timetables: examples Are there examples of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) timetables? This article highlights EYFS class timetables and nursery timetables. It also looks at examples of timetabling approaches in nursery schools developed in response to the 30 hour offer.
    • Guided reading strategies in the EYFS Are there strategies for conducting guided reading in the EYFS? We refer to two experts' advice on how to conduct guided reading in the EYFS. We also link to an Ofsted report that highlights successful strategies for teaching reading in the EYFS, including guided reading.
    • How to use the outdoors in the EYFS: guidance on effective practice What is considered good practice in outdoor provision in the EYFS? We look at guidance on effective outdoor learning in the EYFS, relay advice from two of our associate education experts and refer to a school case study on outdoor provision.
    • Key person in the EYFS Is there information on children’s key person? We explain that each child must have a designated key person in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and we look at how many children should be assigned to a key person.
    • Maths plans for the EYFS Are there examples of maths plans for the early years? In this article, we look at how learning objectives for maths have been included in schools’ medium and long-term plans for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
    • Personalised planning within the EYFS How is personalised planning applied in the EYFS? One of our associate education experts provides advice on personalised planning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and discusses involving parents, and planning for large reception classes. We link to further articles on planning in the EYFS.
    • Planning in the EYFS: examples, guidance and case studies Are there examples of outstanding planning for the EYFS? Ofsted does not specify what outstanding planning looks like. We link to examples of planning from 'outstanding' infant and special schools, and examples of planning templates from local authorities.
    • Planning templates for the EYFS Are there planning templates for the EYFS framework? This article relays advice from one of our associate education experts on producing a planning template based on the EYFS framework. We also link to templates produced by local authorities.
    • Poll: what proportion of children in reception were school ready? Have your say and find out what other school leaders are saying.
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