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Early Years (Year R)

Children are defined as having reached a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved the expected level for the ELGs in the prime areas of learning (Listening, Attention and Understanding, Speaking, Self-Regulation, Managing Self, Building Relationships, Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills) and the specific areas of mathematics (Number, Numerical Patterns) and literacy (Comprehension, Word Reading, Writing).

Children are mostly taught through short activities and play. The areas of learning which each have an Early Learning Goal are:

  • communication and language: Listening, Attention and Understanding, Speaking 
  • physical development: Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills
  • personal, social and emotional development: Self-Regulation, Managing Self, Building Relationships
  • literacy: Comprehension, Word Reading, Writing
  • mathematics: Number, Numerical Patterns
  • understanding the world: Past and Present, People, Culture and Communities, The Natural World
  • expressive arts and design: Creating with Materials, Being Imaginative and Expressive

What does this tell us?

The average number of early learning goals that our children achieve is well above the National level placing us in the top 22% of all schools. However, the percentage of children reaching GLD is not as good which is caused by 20% of children not reaching the standard in Word Reading, 33% in Writing and 17% in Number.


  • Word Reading (20%) has improved since 2022 (33% below) but 60% of PP (5) children do not reach the standard.
  • Writing (33%) has improved slightly since 2022 (37% below) but boys (27) writing is a significant issue with 41% of these children not reaching the standard and 80% of PP (5) children.
  • Number (17%) has improved since 2022 (30% below) but 80% of PP (5) children do not reach the standard.
  • As a comparison Numerical Patterns (11%) has improved since 2022 (33% below).