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EYFS Profile will Remain Statutory for 2016-17


An e-mail was sent to primary school heads indicating that EYFS profile remains the statutory assessment at the end of the Reception year without the publication of a revised Early Years Foundation Stage.

From September 2016, the Department for Education meant the Profile to become non statutory replaced by Baseline.

Here follows an extract of what the assessment update said:

The assessment update said, ‘Having carefully looked at the particular issues regarding the EYFSP and also in the context of overall changes to primary assessment, the EYFSP will now remain statutory for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

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‘This is to provide continuity and stability for schools, pupils and parents and avoid unnecessary change whilst we take the time to review the options for assessment in the reception year beyond 2016 to 2017.’

'In the meantime, schools must continue to complete the EYFSP for their reception-year pupils in the summer term, by 30 June 2017 and report the results to local authorities.’

‘We recognise that this clarification comes during the summer break but we wanted to confirm as soon as possible the position for local authorities, schools and others ready for the start of the new term.’

The initiative provided clarity for practioners as well as teachers in teaching early year children said Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance. He also added that it was disappointing since it came only during the summer holidays.

Neil Leitch said that, ‘Since the Government's decision to scrap baseline assessment, a move that was welcomed across both the early years and schools sectors, there has been much confusion over the status of the EYFS Profile and its role in early assessment going forward.’

‘We hope that the Government will take this opportunity to reassess the value of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, and the important role it plays in ensuring a broad, child-focused approach to early years assessment.’

Sector organisations and teaching unions had opposed the plan to make the Profile non statutory and recommended Department for Education to reinstate it.


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