Today, the Department for Education (DfE) have published a small suite of videos on GOV.UK, with messages from DfE, Ofsted and early adopter schools on their experiences in delivering the EYFS reforms and how they have changed their approach to delivering the EYFS, including when completing the EYFS profile assessment.
Susie Owen, Director of Early Years and Childcare (DfE) and Phil Minns, Specialist Adviser, Early Years and Primary (Ofsted) provide a summary of the reforms and the new expectations for early years curriculum and assessment.
Then you’ll hear from school leaders of early adopter schools, as they share their experiences of the EYFS reforms and how they implemented them in their school. You’ll also hear from reception teachers in early adopter schools who share how the reforms have impacted their assessment practices and what was important in their assessments during the early adopter year. Some readers will have seen these case studies in an earlier Foundation Years vodcast on implementation.
Blogs from early adopter schools
We have also published two blogs from leaders of early adopter schools. The first is from Sarah Charlton, Head of Early Years at Ark Priory Academy in West London and the second from Kate Pounder, Early Years Lead at Caldicotes Primary Academy in Thorntree, Middlesbrough.
They discuss their experience of implementing the reforms to the EYFS, how they impacted their practice and share key tips based on their experience.
DfE has also published the 2021/22 EYFS profile handbook today to provide guidance for teachers on assessing children’s development at the end of reception year.
As part of the EYFS reforms, DfE has streamlined all guidance on the EYFS profile into one document. The Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA) will no longer be published for the EYFS profile, with all guidance and information now in the handbook.