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Statutory requirements for assessment

Follow this link for information about Early Years Foundation Stage.

Local Support -

EYFS Profile moderation training programme for 2020(FREE)


2021 EYFS Assessment, monitoring, moderation and reporting arrangements.


Statutory guidance for assessing and reporting the EYFS profile in the 20/21 academic year (published Dec 2020)


2021 EYFS Profile Handbook

Guidance to local authorities and early years providers from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA)(published Dec 2020)


An exploration of Expected & Exceeding descriptors with EYFSP

Internal EYFSP moderation audit tool

Questions for interpreting EYFSP Data in schools

EYFSP Cluster arrangements form 2020

EYFSP Cluster feedback form 2020

Writing descriptor support x 10

Early years moderation plan 2020

Cluster meeting AGENDA 2020

Cluster moderation meeting guidance


Local Authority STA Moderation outcomes letter 2019

Profile materials

All of the Profile materials can be found on the Foundation Years website:


The Good Level of Development (GLD) measure

The Government has set out how the new Good Level of Development (GLD) measure will be defined.

Children are defined as having reached a good level of development at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level in:

  • The early learning goals in the prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language) and
  • The early learning goals in the specific areas of mathematics and literacy.

The GLD measure is supported by a measure of the average of the cohort's total point score across all the early learning goals in order to also help to promote the attainment of all children across all the early learning goals. Further information can be found on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) webpage.

The levels attained by children at the end of the EYFS are allocated a number as follows: Emerging = 1, Expected = 2 and Exceeding = 3.

For each of the 17 Early Learning Goals a child is recorded as have achieved a 1, 2 or 3. Consequently it is possible to give children an overall 'score'.

Once data has been submitted to the DfE the average score of the whole national cohort will give the secondary measure of a 'Good Level of Development' that is referred to.  It is therefore possible to compare your schools cohort average with the national cohort average, and also presumably a child's average score compared to your cohorts average and the national average.

We are pleased to confirm that we will be continuing to provide our KS1/KS2 writing Assessment and Moderation CPD programme for 2022/23.

The Assessment and Moderation CPD enables Y2/Y6 teachers to undertake end of KS1/KS2 statutory assessments.

The meeting will enable teachers to:

  • understand and follow statutory requirements as set out in the 2023 KS1/KS2 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA), including 2023 national curriculum tests; and
  • make robust and accurate evidence based teacher assessment judgements in reading, writing, mathematics and science.

    The full day event takes place at The Pavilion, Cheltenham (£95.00 per delegate).

Dates for the meetings are:

End of KS1 End of KS2

Monday 30 January 2023;

Tuesday 31 January 2023; and

Monday 6 February 2023.

Monday 13 February 2023;

Wednesday 15  February  2023; and

Wednesday 1st March 2023.

Places can be booked via the Schools online ordering website, GCC Plus, using the following link:

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