The government has said that schools will not have to complete the EYFS profile in 2021, after they announced that summer KS1 and KS2 assessments would not go ahead this year because of the pandemic.

Instead, childcare settings have been asked to “make their best endeavours” when completing the assessments.

The Department for Education said in December that schools “must complete the EYFS profile for each child who will be five years old on, or before, 31 August 2021”, but this now has been changed due to the ongoing issues caused by Covid-19.

DfE also added that schools who choose to conduct the early years foundation stage profile this year won’t be subject to statutory external moderation.

Nick Gibb, school standards minister, said: “Education continues to be a national priority, with the early years being some of the most crucial for a child’s development. Teachers are working hard to adjust to the challenges they face at this time so that every child receives the excellent education they deserve.

“In recognition of the additional pressures Reception teachers face, it will not be mandatory to complete the early years foundation stage profile assessment in 2021 but instead we will be asking schools to make their best endeavours to do it.

“We are determined to give children a strong foundation for their future and will continue to monitor the situation and work with schools on next steps.”

Read the full story, as reported by TES here.

Keep up-to-date with all the changes effecting the Early Years sector here.


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