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A fifth of children in the early years aren’t reaching expected levels in communication and language...

The 2016 Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results are out (October 2016)

The 2016 Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) results have been published. They show that:

  • The percentage of children achieving a good level of development continues to increase as 69.3 per cent of children achieved a good level of development. This is an increase of 3 percentage points (ppts) on 2015.
  • Girls continue to do better than boys, but the gender gap has got smaller for the three key measures.
  • Results for all prime areas have continued to rise. In communication and language 81.6 % achieved at least the expected level in this learning area, compared to 80.3% last year.

However, this means that almost a fifth of children did not achieve expected levels in communication and language, so do not have the language they need to start school. The results also show that of the three prime areas, communication and language is the least likely area to be achieved at the expected level by the end of the foundation stage. A summary of the EYFSP results can be found here.


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The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results for 2014-15 have been published by the Department for Education. They show that:

The percentage of children achieving a good level of development overall continues to increase

- 66.3% of children achieved a good level of development. This is an increase of 5.9 percentage points (ppts) on 2014.

Girls continue to do better than boys

- The gender gap for those achieving a good level of development is now 15.6 ppts, down from 16.3 in 2014.

Children performed better than previous years in the area of communication and language

- 80.3 % achieved at least the expected level in this learning area.

However this means that a fifth of children did not achieve expected levels in communication and language.

The data also contains information on children from more disadvantaged backgrounds. It shows that nearly ¼ of children on free school meals are not meeting the expected levels in communication and language by the end of Early Years.

The report and data is available to download for free from here.

I CAN have interventions and resources developed to support the communication and language skills of children in the early years.