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.

DfE guidance (including statutory requirements)

For general enquiries about test administration and access arrangements: National curriculum assessments helpline 0300 303 3013

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Pre-key stage/ Engagement Model Moderation Clinics

June 2022

The local authority is facilitating moderation networks to support schools with making accurate end-of-key-stage teacher assessment judgements (reading, writing, mathematics and science). Meetings will take place this month in four special schools (dates/times below) and are intended for teachers who have assessed pupils as working below the standard of national curriculum assessments at the end of KS1 and KS2.


 Belmont School: Wednesday 15 June (4.00-5.00 pm);
 The Shrubberies School: Tuesday 21 June (4.00-5.00 pm);
 Heart of the Forest School: Wednesday 22 June (4.00-5.00 pm); and
 Milestone School: Thursday 23 June (4.00-5.00 pm).

Colleagues from each special school and Performance Advisers (EOI team) will be present to support discussions. Due to the time available, please bring evidence for up to of three pupils; this can include written/practical work and teachers’ records/observations.

Please use GCC Plus to book places.


KS1 and KS2 Moderator Recruitment

Gloucestershire local authority has now appointed external moderators to complete statutory end of KS1 and KS2 writing moderation in June 2022. 

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