The number of children achieving a good level of development at the end of the EYFS has risen again, while the gender gap between boys and girls has fallen for the fifth year running. Nursery World reports.
The EYFS Profile results show that 71.5 per cent of children achieved a good level of development in 2018, an increase of 0.8 percentage point on 2017.
Both boys and girls have improved in the three key measures – achieving a good level of development, achieving at least the expected level across all early learning goals (ELGs), and the average point score.
Boys have improved at a faster rate, which means the gender gap has decreased. The gender gap for the percentage of children achieving a good level of development has reduced in each year from 2014 and fell from 13.7 percentage points to 13.5 percentage points in 2018.
There continues to be wide variation between local authority areas:
- The percentage of children achieving a good level of development varies between 63.9 per cent in Middlesborough to improve80.5 per cent in Richmond upon Thames.
- The percentage achieving at least the expected level in all ELGs varies from 61 per cent in Kingston upon Hull to 80.3 per cent in Richmond upon Thames.
- The percentage attainment 20 per cent of children gap between all children and the lowest attaining 20 per cent of children varies from 21.2 per cent in Richmond upon Thames to 45 per cent in Stoke-on-Trent.
Stella Ziolkowski, NDNA’s director of quality and training, said, ‘… the gender gap is still over 13 per cent and recent improvements have slowed showing that more needs to be done to address the issue. We are still seeing large gaps between boys and girls when it comes to reading and writing.
‘The fact that the inequality gap has been getting wider and the clear attainment differences between councils show how one element of Government policy is working against its other aims. We know that better experience in children’s earlier years can only improve their outcomes at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.”
Read more about the results and the EYFS Profile Children continue to achieve a good level of development at the end of Reception
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