Last reviewed on 3 May 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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Find out your requirements for assessing EYFS teachers in maintained schools and academies, and read a summary of the early years Teachers' Standards.

Using the Teachers' Standards for appraisal

Maintained schools

Teachers in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in maintained schools are classed as school teachers and are subject to the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012. This means they need to be assessed against the "standards applicable to that teacher" as well as their objectives (regulation 7, paragraph 6).

These standards are:

  • The Teachers’ Standards
  • Any other set of teachers' performance standards published by the secretary of state that the governing board, headteacher or local authority (LA) determines is applicable to a teacher's performance

This is explained in regulation 6, paragraph 8.


The Teachers' Standards only apply to teachers in the EYFS completing their newly qualified teacher (NQT) or early career teacher (ECT) induction.

Choose whether to use the early years Teachers’