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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to stay

Education Secretary, Justine Greening confirmed the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) profile will remain in place whilst the DfE starts a consultation on assessment of primary-age pupils in the New Year.

Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance wants the consultation to focus on the child-centred outcomes. He urged the government to listen to the sector and recognise that early assessment should focus first and foremost on the child, and supporting their ongoing learning and development, and not on measuring and ranking schools and providers.

Greening does not want to introduce statutory mathematics and reading resits on children’s arrival in year 7 but instead to focus on the steps needed to ensure a child catches up.