EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.
GLD (Good Level of Development)
GLD stands for 'Good Level of Development'. This refers to a summative assessment judgement which is made for each EYFS child at the end of the Reception year. It is a measure of attainment, not progress. Achieving a good level of development will help a child to make a good start in Year 1. How is GLD defined? Children are defined as having achieved the GLD at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the 'expected' standard within:
- Prime Area: Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Prime Area: Physical Development
- Prime Area: Communication and Language
- Specific Area: Literacy
- Specific Area: Mathematics
There are two further Specific Areas of Learning:
- Expressive Arts & Design (EAD)
- Understanding the World (UtW)
These two further areas are evaluated in the EYFS Profile but are not required to achieve a GLD. Children are judged to be either at an ‘emerging’ or ‘expected’ level of development in relation to the Early Learning Goals.
Phonics Screening Check
The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. Year 1 children usually take the phonics screening check in early June.
What tests do children take at the end of Year 2?
There are papers in:
- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (Optional)
The tests take place throughout the month of May. Tests are not strictly timed and children will be given breaks between the papers.
How are the tests marked?
At Key Stage 1, the teachers in your child’s school will mark the SATs papers. The mark your child gets in each test is called the ‘raw score’. This ‘raw score’ for each test will be translated into a ‘scaled score’, which will show how well your child has done against the expected standard. Currently, children need to achieve a scaled score of 100 to meet the expected standard.