The 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) data has been released for 2017, you can find it here. These are the top 4 most interesting findings (according to me)…
1. More children are achieving ‘good’ development
In 2017, 70.7 per cent of children achieved what the government deems to be a “good level of development”, up from 69.3 per cent last year. This continues the upward trend of the last 5 years.
2. Girls still do better than boys, but the gender gap decreased
There is still a difference between the achievement of girls and boys across all ELGs. The proportion of girls achieving a good level of development was 13.7 percentage points higher than boys this year (down from 14.7 percentage points last year).
3. Writing and numbers were the biggest areas of improvement
Although reading, writing, numbers and shape, space and measure continue to be the “goals” with the lowest proportion of pupils achieving, the most improved ELGS since 2013 was in writing and numbers.
4. Where you live still matters too much
The difference between the best- and worst-performing local authority areas has dropped, but there is still significant variation between different parts of the country (by as much as 19.7 percentage points when looking at the children reaching the ‘expected’ level).
So we can all give ourselves a little pat on the back, before getting our heads down and continuing the hard work!
About the author: Matt Stanford