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2018 EYFSP results in England show limited progress

The Department for Education has published a summary of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile results in England in 2018. The EYFS profile (EYFSP) summarises and describes children's attainment at the end of the EYFS, usually in reception.

Key findings from the 2018 results include:

  • An 0.8% increase in the proportion of children achieving a good level of development, which now stands at 71.5%
  • 70.2% of children achieved at least the expected level of attainment in all 17 early learning goals
  • Reading, writing and numbers continue to be the 3 goals with the lowest percentage of children achieving at the expected level or above
  • A small decrease in the gender gap, which stands at 13.7%
  • No improvement in narrowing the gap between all children and the lowest attaining childrenThe mean average total point score for the lowest attaining 20% has remained at 23.2, the same as in 2017
  • The percentage inequality gap has risen to 31.8% in 2018 compared to 31.7% last year
  • The variation between the highest and lowest performing local authority is reducing over time, however there continues to be significant variation between local authorities.