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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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