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Early years foundation stage profile results in England 2017

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The Department for Education (DfE) has released the early years foundation stage profile results in England 2017. You can read the full dataset here. 

Key measures 

  • At a national level, 70.7 per cent of children achieved a good level of development - that's an increase of 1.4 percentage points (ppts) on 2016
  • The average total point score has remained the same as 2016 at 34.5
  • A 34 point score is the most common outcome with 27.8 per cent of children achieving this score. This is up from 26.3 per cent in 2016 and 18.7 per cent in 2013. An outcome of 34 points is the equivalent of a child achieving the expected level in each and every early learning goal. 

Key measures by gender 

  • Girls continue to perform better than boys in all key measures. In 2017, 76.5 per cent of girls achieved at least the expected level in all early learning goals compared with 61.8 per cent of boys
  • However, the gender gap decreased in all key measures. The gap for the percentage achieving at least the expected level in all early learning goals decreased from 15.7ppts in 2016 to 14.7ppts in 2017
  • The gender gap for the percentage achieving at least the expected level is largest in writing (12.9ppts), reading (10.5ppts), exploring and using media and materials (10.5ppts), and being imaginative (9.8ppts). The gap is the smallest for technology (2.6ppts) 

Gap for lowest attaining children 

  • The mean average total point score for the lowest attaining 20 per cent has fallen to 23.2 compared with 23.3 in the previous year; however, it is up from 21.6 in 2013
  • The percentage inequality gap has risen to 31.7 per cent in 2017 compared with 31.4 per cent in the previous year; however, it has reduced from 36.6 per cent in 2013. 

Local authority variation 

  • The percentage achieving a good level of development varies from 60.9 per cent in Halton to 78.9 per cent in Lewisham
  • The percentage achieving at least the expected level in all learning goals varies from 58.7 per cent in Halton to 78.4 per cent in Lewisham
  • The average points score varies from 32.0 points in Halton to 37.9 points in Richmond upon Thames
  • The percentage attainment gap between all children and bottom 20 per cent varies from 22.2 per cent in West Berkshire to 44.3 per cent in Stoke-on-Trent.
23/10/2017